Battle of the River Plate: A Grand Delusion

Battle of the River Plate: A Grand Delusion

by Richard Woodman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473845732
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 10/03/2015
Series: Campaign Chronicles Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Richard Woodman, a professional sailor best known for his popular Nathanial Drinkwater novels, is the author of many nonfiction studies of World War II naval subjects.

Table of Contents


List of Maps and Illustrations     vii
Background: Sly Advance: The Cruise of the Admiral Graf Spee, April 1928-August 1939     1
Campaign Chronicle     10
5 August-29 September: 'The Curtain Lifts'     12
30 September-9 October: 'We Are, You See, at War'     23
10-21 October: 'A Serious Strain...'     33
22 October-1 December: 'Even at the Risk of Losing the Ship'     41
The Allied Hunt
25 October-12 December: 'The Weakness of Our Intelligence...'     54
The Admiral Graf Spee
2-12 December: 'No Alternative but to Obey'     58
13 December, Midnight-06.17: 'A Fine Target'     74
British Cruiser Squadron (Force G)
2-12 December: 'The Plate ... Was the Vital Area'     78
13 December, Midnight-06.00: 'The Squadron Was in Position...'     88
The Admiral Graf Spee
13 December, 06.00-06.17: 'Signalled for Identification'     90
British Cruiser Squadron (Force G)
13 December, 06.00-06.17: 'I Think It Is a Pocket Battleship'     90
The Battle of the River Plate: Morning Action
13 December, 06.17-07.00: 'We Zigzagged Continually at High Speed...'     92
13 December, 07.00-08.00: 'She Looked Vicious and Efficient'     104
The Battle of the River Plate: Chase to the West
13 December, 07.00-08.06: 'On Course for the River Plate'     106
13 December, 08.06-19.15: 'No Prospect of Shaking off the Shadowers'     109
The Battle of the River Plate: Evening Action
13 December, 19.15-Midnight: 'Gloriously Silhouetted Against the Afterglow'     117
Three Days of Uncertainty
14-16 December: 'This is Not a Friendly Port to Germany'     121
Sunset
17 December: 'That Was That'     133
Aftermath     139
21 December, 1939-1946: 'Home is the Sailor...'     140
Analysis     147
Roll of Honour     156
Bibliography     157
Index     159

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