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Re: 80 years ago: Battle of River Plate
how was it not a success, all Harwood had to do was damage Graf Spee sufficient to stop her cruise , slow her down or even shadow so the Heavy ships could come up and sink her! he certainly did all that could have been asked of him and MORE!
Langsdorf did make mistakes but he HAD to keep the Light cruisers out of torpedo range so HAD to split his fire to an extent. he was thousands of miles from support which will have severely restricted his options! whereas the RN ships had "dockyards " or at lest friendly harbours in every direction.and heavier support arriving from all directions, still far away but arriving as long as Spee could be followed or slowed! shadowing had the risk of losing her so slow/damage was the best choice!
80 years ago, the Battle of River Plate was fought - a gun duel fought by torpedo experts and therefore not very successful. But for sure HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax, and HMNZS Achilles achieved to damage the cruiser Admiral Graf Spee sufficiently to cause her to seek shelter in Montevideo. There a much less known cruiser played some role: the Uruguayan torpedo cruiser (torpedo gunboat) Uruguay was tasked to enforce Uruguayan neutrality. Uruguay was built in 1910 and was already then a very small cruiser.
There is a Combrig kit of Uruguay, which I have built:
Uruguay (1/700, Combrig)
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