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Tom Cleaver
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The Battle of the River Plate

March 10, 2014 · in Ships · 8 · 1.6K

For anyone interested:

The 1952 movie "Battle of the River Plate" - the story of the December 1939 battle between the Graf Spee and the British cruisers HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles, is on You Tube uncut.

The movie actually stars HMS Achilles herself, by 1952 a ship of the Indian Navy, with HMS Jamaica as HMS Exeter, and USS Salem as the Graf Spee. A very accurate rendition of a big gun battle at sea, and historically accurate as a movie. Peter Finch in his first role as Captain of Graf Spee, Patrick MacNee as a British sailor.

Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emmeric Pressburger at the top of their form.

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8 responses

  1. Simon Whitleys dad served on the H.M.S. Exeter at that battle

  2. I love that movie but isn't there a large U.S. style number on the Graf Spee ,also I seem to remember there is a scene where you can see a couple of American cars on the deck - still a good movie though.

  3. The Achilles was actually HMNZS Achilles, not HMS Achilles, Tom. She was a vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and one of her main turrets is preserved here in Auckland, it was bought from India when she was decommissioned for scrapping and returned to NZ.

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