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Scuttling of Admiral Graf Spee

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17 December 1939 - On this in history The Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled in the River Plate estuary to prevent the ship from falling into enemy hands as an aftermath of the Battle of Rio de la Plata.



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My fathers Cousin watched Admiral Graf Spee burn in the water from HMS AJAX. Many lives on all sides were spared that day by Kapitän zur See Hans Wilhelm Langsdorff's decision to scuttle the ship.

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