|Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee
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|The Ship, (a brief history)|
Nicknamed "pocket battleship" by the British, Graf Spee was one of three Deutschland Class "Battleships" built under Articles 181 & 190 of The Versailles Treaty which allowed for 6 battleships of 10,000 Tons. In reality, the ships weighed in at 15,000-16,000 tons. Armed with six 28 cm guns and a top speed of 28 knots, the Deuschland's were strong enough to overpower smaller ships and fast enough to outrun more heavily armed ships. ("faster than stronger,stronger than faster").
Commissioned in January 1936, Graf Spee spent three months conducting sea trials and preparing for service. During the late Summer of 1936 through May of 1937, following the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Graf Spee participate in three non-intervention patrols off the Republican-held coast of Spain. After stopping in Great Britain to represent Germany in the Coronation Review at Spithead for King George VI on May 20th, Graf Spee returned to the Spanish Coast for a fourth patrol. After a trip back to Germany and a stop in Sweden, Graf Spee conducted his final Spanish Patrol in February 1938.
World War 2
After sinking several merchant ships in the Atlantic, the Graf Spee was sighted on Dec. 13, 1939, off the Río de la Plata estuary by Commodore H. Harwood's British search group consisting of the cruisers Exeter, Ajax, and Achilles.
On the morning of 14 December 1939, the Admiral Graf Spee dropped anchor in the roadstead at Montevideo, Uruguay. The German ship received permission to stay for 72 hours to repair damage. After arriving in port, the wounded crewmen were taken to local hospitals and the dead were buried with full military honors. Captive Allied seamen still aboard the ship were released.
|This is my Graf Spee. About the time is was just about done, I decided on the Neutrality recognition stripes in the Turrets just to get a little color on the shelf.
And before the E-mails come in, I realize Graf Spee had no radar during the neutrality patrol and the Float Plane is wrong.
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