Core: The pocket battleship caused damage, but its prey asked for help. This is how the Royal Navy cornered the Nazi ship.
As soon as British radio operators began putting out distress signals on 2 December 1939, a German pocket battleship was opened with a 37mm pistol. Apart from the appearance of the weaponry, Captain William Stubbs ordered his operators to continue sending “RRR.”
After four minutes, a German warship Admiral Graf Spee Displacement of 12,000 tons and a length of 609 feet, made the British merchant ship jammed Doric StarMessage
But it’s too late. Doric StarThe cry for help was heard by another British ship, Port Chalmers, who forwarded the message to Walvis Bay Radio Station in southwest Africa, to Vice Admiral George Lyon in Freetown, and to South Atlantic Division Commodore Henry Harwood in his flagship, the light cruiser HMS Ajax.
The initial link in the chain that would lead to Britain’s first naval victory in World War II was falsified.
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German Spee Graf
Graf Spee is Germany’s response to the Versailles Treaty, which prohibits the Reich from building more than 10,000 tons of warships. Graf Spee violated the agreement in the deed with his tonnage and enthusiasm with two 11-inch cannon towers, so that the hull of his cruiser packed the weapons of a battlecruiser. Graf Spee can reach a top speed of 26 knots and has a range of 12,500 miles before refueling. He was designed for one purpose: to attack British sea lanes.
Graf Spee featuring some of the latest design touches: electro-welded hulls, Zeiss distance gauges, and Seetakt radars. He also had some weaknesses: 26 knots slower than older British cruisers and, like other German ships, he had a poorly designed rudder.
The two ships shaved one week after the war. On September 11, 1939, Graf SpeeThe Arado seaplane saw a British cruiser and drove quickly to a pocket battleship with the news. Langsdorff changed direction. That night, the same as Graf Spee and Altmark exchanging shops, scouts see the mouth of a British heavy cruiser Cumberland. Germany goes to the action station, but Cumberland zigzag and never see them.
This article was originally written by David Lippman appear on the Warfare History Network.
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