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Battle of the River Plate

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Battle of the River Plate.  At the outset of the battle, no one would have guessed that the three British ships would be able to force the fearsome and heavily armed Graf Spee (shown here) to seek the safety of the shore.  Driven to take refuse in Montevideo, Graf Spee's captain, Hans Langsdorff, first scuttled his ship and then committed suicide.

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