Timewatch: Season 25, Episode 2

Battle of the River Plate (27 Jan. 2006)

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On December 13th 1939, the first great naval battle of World War II took place off the coast of Uruguay. Known as the 'Battle of the River Plate', it set as rivals two great naval officers ... See full summary »

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On December 13th 1939, the first great naval battle of World War II took place off the coast of Uruguay. Known as the 'Battle of the River Plate', it set as rivals two great naval officers in a deadly psychological duel. The pocket battleship Graf Spee, the pride of the German fleet, was commanded by Captain Hans Langsdorff, a decorated hero from World War I. Opposing him was Commodore Henry Harwood, an exceptional naval tactician in charge of three smaller, lesser British cruisers; the Ajax, the Exeter and the Achilles. The documentary tells the full story of this sea battle through interviews of the families and crews of the two commanders, bringing a new understanding of the men behind the first major British naval victory of World War II. Written by webmaster@michael-praed.com

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