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The price of disobedience : the battle of the River Plate reconsidered

Author: Eric Grove
Publisher: Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, 2000.
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Renowned naval scholar Eric Grove reassesses the first British naval encounter of World War II--the Battle of the River Plate. In late 1939, a force from the Royal Navy engaged the German battleship Graf Spee, which had been raiding commercial shipping in the southwest Atlantic. Though the Graf Spee was outnumbered, it inflicted serious damage to the British ships before taking refuge in the harbor at Montivideo,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grove, Eric, 1948-
Price of disobedience.
Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606535139
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Grove
ISBN: 1557504296 9781557504296
OCLC Number: 46777156
Description: viii, 182 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
pt. I. Panzerschiff. The 'Pocket Battleship' ; The raider ; Bending the rules --
pt. II. Duel. The hunters ; The battle ; Pursuit ; Diplomacy and deception ; Scuttled ; The price of disobedience --
pt. III. Aftermath. Interned ; The victors ; Spee : the final battle ; The reckoning.
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Renowned naval scholar Eric Grove reassesses the first British naval encounter of World War II--the Battle of the River Plate. In late 1939, a force from the Royal Navy engaged the German battleship Graf Spee, which had been raiding commercial shipping in the southwest Atlantic. Though the Graf Spee was outnumbered, it inflicted serious damage to the British ships before taking refuge in the harbor at Montivideo, Uruguay. Four days later her commander, assuming a much superior force waited for him, scuttled his ship and then committed suicide. This controversial story of risk and naval strategy has been told before, but Grove has unearthed previously unpublished sources to provide a definitive account of the battle and throw new light on the motivation of the Graf Spee's captain. A thought-provoking book, it will attract naval historians and others with an interest in World War II.

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