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Battle of the River Plate


The Battle of the River Plate - scrambled telephone scene


The Battle of the River Plate, Prelude and March: March (Performing edition by P. Lane)


Hoist Battle Ensign from "The Battle of the River Plate"


The Battle of the River Plate (1956) - Sending ships to the bottom


HMS Exeter Home (1940)

The Battle of the River Plate was the first naval battle in the Second World War and the first one of the Battle of the Atlantic in South American waters. The German panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee had cruised into the South Atlantic a fortnight before the war began, and had been commerce raiding after receiving appropriate authorisation on 26 September 1939. One of the hunting groups sent by the British Admiralty to search for Graf Spee, comprising three Royal Navy cruisers, HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles, found and engaged their quarry off the estuary of the River Plate close to the coast of Uruguay in South America.
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