Battle of the River Plate

Overview

This tale of the Battle of the River Plate follows the machinations of the German war machine as Kapitan zur See Hans Langsdorff commands the pocket battleship Graf Spee on a mission to cripple British shipping. Through clever subterfuge and daring, the Graf Spee takes ship after ship, ultimately forcing the British Navy to send twenty ships in search of the elusive Spee.

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Overview

This tale of the Battle of the River Plate follows the machinations of the German war machine as Kapitan zur See Hans Langsdorff commands the pocket battleship Graf Spee on a mission to cripple British shipping. Through clever subterfuge and daring, the Graf Spee takes ship after ship, ultimately forcing the British Navy to send twenty ships in search of the elusive Spee.

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"One of the great naval engagements of all time . . . [Pope's account] is a great contribution to the full understanding of this heroic sea fight."  —The New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"When the reader is through the book he will rightly feel that he has been through the battle as well."  —The New York Times

Library Journal
Pope's 1956 volume chronicles the British navy's pursuit of the Nazi battleship Graf Spee, which crippled the empire's oceangoing commerce. The German ship ultimately was pursued by 20 smaller British vessels. Three of them caught up to the Spee in South America's River Plate, where the ship met its doom. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590130964
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,150,060
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Dudley Pope, a naval defense correspondent of the London Evening News, progressed to writing carefully researched naval history. C.S. Forester urged Pope to try his hand at fiction and saw the younger writer as his literary heir. Pope began what was to become an impressive series with Ramage (1965) and, over the next 24 years, produced 17 more novels tracing Lord Ramage's career. Pope died in 1997.

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