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The Battle of the River Plate The Hunt for the German Pocket Battleship Graf Spee. Naval historian and master storyteller Dudley Pope combines meticulous research with hard-won understanding of naval warfare in a blow-by-blow account of the events surrounding this early World War II naval action. 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.

In the estuary of the River Plate along the southeast coast of South America, the final battle is joined: three lightly armoured British curisers take on one of the mightiest warships in the Atlantic. Through a combination of incredible luck and sheer bravery, the British defeat the Graf Spee in the final days of 1939. Little do they know theirs is to be the last naval engagement fought with tactics Nelson might have used--without modern aircraft or radar. And it is to go down in history as one of the great naval battles of World War II.

256 pages
ISBN-13: 9781590130964
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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

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