Graf Spee

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FOUND by Chuck Field in Plantation, Florida

I found this while rummaging through some photographs. I think this photo is of the Graf Spee, a German battle-cruiser built toward the end of World War I that was used in World War II. She sank nine allied merchant ships in 1939. British and New Zealand cruisers hunted her down and badly damaged her in December, 1939. Captain Langsdorff entered a port in neutral Uruguay and let go the prisoners he’d rescued from the ships he’d sunk. He then pulled out of port and eventually scuttled the ship, taking his own life at the same time.