It was 0500 on the 13th of December 1939 and the bugler had called all hands to turn out for dawn action stations, a routine … The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of World War Two. For more information of the battle; Click Here, The above article 'Tidings of Comfort & Joy'  was submitted to Aspect County Magazine. The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of World War Two. This podcast series examines Australia’s Naval history, featuring a variety of naval history experts from the Naval Studies Group and elsewhere. March 30, 1977. Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80013725. C.H.L. On Saturday, December 2nd,1939, HMS Ajax, commanded by Captain Woodhouse, was harboured at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. One of the hunting groups sent by the British Admiralty to search for Admiral Graf Spee, comprising three Royal Navy cruisers, HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles(th… The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of. “Graf Spee” claimed three more victims to bring the total to nine ships of 50,000 tons, before heading for the South American shipping lanes off the River Plate. 1939 - River Plate Battle - HMS Ajax, HMS Exeter & HMNZ Achilles Sink Graf Spee - Part 1 (Hundimiento del Graf Spee en la Batalla del Rio de la Plata) Dawn broke with its promise of a fine day, there was a fair breeze from the south-east and a low, lazy swell – not unusual in the South Atlantic in summer – and nothing but ocean to be seen in any direction. Posted by harry Dente on November 13, 2020, 7:57:15. just so-are any of the Aoshima kits suitable for her fit at the time? The fall of Ajax is impossible without his consent; he is in control of himself. By 08.00, still with only superficial damage, she headed for the neutral Uruguayan port of Montevideo, the cruisers shadowing [9]. The old Matchbox kit is said to be, but its a bit crude. Why not check out the reminiscences of former EXETER Ships' company members on the Imperial War Museum site here. Two minutes later, at 0620, Exeter opened fire with her two forward turrets – four 8-inch guns. A lookout in Ajax had seen what appeared to be a puff of smoke on the horizon, had reported it, and Exeter altered course to the north west, in accordance with Commodore Harwood’s pre-arranged plan. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Barbara Bartholomew's father was taken to Makassar after HMS Exeter sank in 2nd Battle of Java Sea. EX4 3AT . Or any other 1/700 kits suitable? With the British squadron now split (as planned before the battle) action commenced at with the Admiral Graf Spee opening fire at 0615 hours. B a t t l e H o n o u r s . Great Britain’s South American Naval Division was made up of four cruisers. He talked about joining the Exeter, the earthquake in Chile, the outbreak of the war and encounter with the Graf Spee. . Ron served in HMS Exeter in the historic battle and his account is graphic and accurate. Albert Carter left school in 1929 and joined the Navy about five and half years ago. During the battle, Exeter was hit seven times by 11" shells and several near misses. The crew marched through the streets with fixed bayonets, carrying HMS Exeter's shell-torn White Ensign through the streets. The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th 1939. TNA – ADM 116/4320, 1941. THIRTY SEVEN YEARS AGO three cruisers of the Royal Navy were steaming in line ahead in the South Atlantic off the mouth of the River Plate – HM Ships Ajax, Achilles and Exeter – and in that order. HMS Exeter fighting off an aircraft attack in January 1942 during the Battle of the Banka Straits. The German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee intercepted what was thought to be a small convoy of merchant ships 150 miles off the River Plate estuary. She was taking in water and listing, although her engines remained intact. HMS Exeter and the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939. Please use city centre car parking (there is no parking at the Mint Methodist Centre) This event is rescheduled from November 2019 and those booked on that event do not need to reapply. “Ajax” and “Achilles” continued to harry the pocket battleship from the north , but at 07.25 "Ajax" lost her two after turrets to an 11in hit  and “Achilles” already had splinter damage. So began the first major sea battle since Jutland and the last before aircraft and radar completely changed sea warfare and put an end to tactics that Nelson might have used. Ships from the Royal Navy’s South American Division took on the might of Germany’s Graf Spee which was successfully attacking merchant shipping in … HMS Exeter was forced to break off and head south for the Falklands [8], but "Graf Spee" failed to press home her advantage. This eyewitness account of HMS Exeter’s part in the Battle of the River Plate was especially written for Naval Historical Review by Lieutenant Ron Atwill, a former Secretary of the Society and an Honorary Life Member. Author Atwill, R., DSM, Lieutenant, RN (Rtd) Subjects Ship histories and stories, History - WW2 Tags None noted. Sufficient to say that our adversary was indeed a pocket battleship although it was not until much later in the day that we discovered that it was the Graf Spee and not the Admiral Scheer as had been thought. Exeter. The Admiral Graf Spee suffered 36 dead and 60 wounded, hit by seventeen 6 inch shells and two eight inch shells, with water purification and desalination plant destroyed and kitchens wrecked she was allowed just 72 hours to make good her the damage that threatened her seaworthiness she was unable to do so. The convoy turned out to be three British cruisers of Commodore Sir Henry Harwood's squadron. The ship had a firm relationship with the City of Exeter throughout her service. HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran Shipwreck Sites, Admiralty House, Garden and Fortifications, Royal Australian Naval Transmitting Station ACT, Heritage Tour of Northern End of Garden Island, First Victory, Musical Composition by Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock. The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of World War Two. The History Learning Site, 18 May 2015. In the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate, Bell was played by John Gregson. The 8-inch fire seemed to worry the enemy almost from the beginning. On board Exeter the bugler sounded ‘Action Stations’ followed by a long ‘G’. Patrick Northcott  interviewed by the Imperial War Museum, about his whole WW2 experience. That morning all was well. SADRAS 1782 - PROVIDIEN 1782 - NEGAPATAM 1782 - TRINCOMALEE 1782 - RIVER PLATE 1939 - MALAYA 1942 - SUNDA STRAIT 1942 - FALKLAND ISLANDS 1982* It was 0500 on the 13th of December 1939 and the bugler had called all hands to turn out for dawn action stations, a routine action stations exercise carried out at dawn and at dusk in all warships at sea during wartime. He talked about joining the Exeter, the earthquake in Chile, the outbreak of the war and encounter with the Graf Spee. Naval Historical Society of Australia Inc. Responses. Battle of the River Plate: British views on German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee in Montevideo harbour; visits to South America by HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles. He was mentioned in despatches after the Battle of the River Plate. The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th 1939. Commodore Henry Harwood of Hunting Group G correctly guessed Langsdorff’s intentions, and on 13 December he closed in with the heavy cruiser HMS Exeter and light cruisers HMS Ajax and HMS … HMS Exeter was forced to break off and head south for the Falklands , but "Graf Spee" failed to press home her advantage. They both shadowed the Admiral Graf Spee into Uruguay territorial waters where she entered the port of Montevideo. HMS Exeter was the second and last York-class heavy cruiser built for the Royal Navy during the late 1920s. During the Battle of the River Plate on 13 December 1939 HMS Exeter was badly damaged and had to withdraw to the Falkland Islands for temporary repairs. By 08.00, still with only superficial damage, she headed for the neutral Uruguayan port of Montevideo, the cruisers shadowing. Only “Cumberland” had arrived by this time. Fore Street. CREW LIST FOR THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE, A Chronology of the Battle of the River Plate, Falkland Island History - Battle of the River Plate. The reason for this manoeuvre was that it would not only force the enemy to split his gunnery, but also enable the two British units to spot and report each other’s fall of shot. Read more Read less. HMS Exeter, for Battle of the River Plate? Filed Under: Naval Historical Review, Ship histories and stories, History - WW2, Australian Naval History Podcasts This event is rescheduled from November 2019 and those booked on that event do not need to reapply. On the 17th December she left Montevideo with a skeleton crew, anchored just outside the 3 mile limit and after the crew left her she was blown up and scuttled to prevent her falling into British hands. (Among other things). Two other ships made up the South American Division – HMS Cumberland, commanded by Captain Fallowfield, and HMNZS Achilles, commanded by Captain Parry. AE1 – The Ship without a Name, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. HMS Ajax was "played" by HMS Sheffield, HMS Exeter by HMS Jamaica and HMS Cumberland by herself. Life on the Line Podcasts Imperial War Museum, about his whole WW2 experience. He was drafted to HMS EXETER in 1936 as PMO and promoted to Surgeon Commander in 1937. HMS Achilles, which had been recommissioned in 1948 as HMIS Delhi, flagship of the Royal Indian Navy, played herself in the movie. The subsequent battle saw the cruiser HMS Exeter badly damaged with all her guns put out of action but still seaworthy, she suffered 61 killed and 23 wounded and was forced to make for the Falkland Islands to carry out repairs. Exeter Finance offers franchise dealership financing and subprime auto lending to credit-challenged customers. Graf Spee was portrayed by the U.S. heavy cruiser … At 06.14 on the 13th, 150 miles east of the Plate Estuary, “Graf Spee” (Capt Langsdorff) was reported to the northwest of the three cruisers [1 - see map]. He retired from the Navy owing to ill health on 8 January 1948. Considerable effort and aftermarket items would be … Delaware River Bridge (Brown County, Kansas) Built 1935; replaced 1994 Lost pony truss bridge over Delaware River on FAS 1556, 0.3 mi. Ships from the Royal Navy’s South American Division took on the might of Germany’s Graf Spee which was successfully attacking merchant shipping in the South Atlantic. It was the time when, during the half hour or so before dawn, all guns, weapons systems and communications were tested to ensure that were 100% efficient and when, with all hands at their proper stations, the ship was ready to do battle should an enemy ship suddenly appear out of the half light of dawn. These recordings can be accessed through Apple iTunes or for Android users, Stitcher. The considered meaning of the motto is that Ajax is superior to all or: “NONE BEFORE AJAX”. These lasted until January 1940, after which the ship returned to Devonport Dockyard for full repairs which took until March 1941 to complete. Also at Port Stanley was HMS Exeter, commanded by Captain Bell. During the voyage she stopped three times to bury her dead at sea. Please use city centre car parks there is no parking at the Mint Methodist Centre. Suddenly, at about ten past six our dozing, or quiet thinking, was shattered by the familiar call to Action Stations. In 1956, the film The Battle of the River Plate (US title: Pursuit of the Graf Spee) was made of the battle and Admiral Graf Spee's end, with Peter Finch as Langsdorff. Ships from the Royal Navy’s South American Division took on the might of Germany’s Graf Spee which was successfully attacking merchant shipping in the South Atlantic. Ships from the Royal Navy’s South American Division took on the might of Germany’s Graf Spee which was successfully attacking merchant shipping in the South Atlantic. (Highly recommended). And then all was movement – but orderly movement – collecting necessary gear, rushing off to unlock repair lockers, flooding cabinets each with its array of handwheels – in fact each one doing his little share of the large whole that would bring the ship rapidly, but surely, to the battle state. The commander of the South American Division was Commodore Harwood. Sebastian Inlet Bridge (Indian River County, Florida) (Main design: Concrete deck girder) Built 1964 to replace previous bascule bridge Unique double-deck bridge with concrete girder/stringer spans (upper level) and deck plate girder spans (lower level) over Sebastian Inlet on … The range was then nine and a half sea miles. Encuentra fotos de stock perfectas e imágenes editoriales de noticias sobre Admiral Graf Spee en Getty Images. This site is for veterans who served in any of the ships carrying the HMS Ajax name or fought at the Battle of the River Plate (HMS Ajax, Exeter and Achilles) and relatives and friends of any crew members or residents of the Town of Ajax, Ontario. Her two after 8-inch guns (Y Turret) opened fire as soon as they could be brought to bear two and a half minutes later. Battle of the River Plate: British views on German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee in Montevideo harbour; visits to South America by HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles. west of Mercier / HMS Exeter at the Battle of River Plate. Woodhouse, RN in command), HMNZS Achilles (Capt. (Commodore Harwood had transferred his broad pennant to Ajax from Exeter a few days previously). For some time it had been rumoured that a pocket battleship was raiding in the Atlantic and possibly the Indian Ocean, as some of the victims had managed to get off radio messages before their bridges had been shattered by shell fire. Heavily damaged at the Battle of the River Plate by Admiral Graf Spee, December 1939. 2 crew members HMS Exeter (buried at sea washed up on shore Uruguay buried there) POW workers of the Bridge on the River Kwai (which is not actually the river Kwai as there is no bridge that crosses the river Kwai and the writer called the river with the bridge Kwai because it sounded much better) Most of those workers were Dutch, BTW This was continued when given to a Type 42 Destroyer on launch by Swan Hunter in 1978. On the 27th a combined ABDA – American British Dutch Australian – task force of ships had sustained heavy damage whilst attacking the Japanese invasion fleet heading … The whys and wherefores of how we came to be patrolling the waters off the mouth of the River Plate have been told in other publications and can have no place in the present story. The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th 1939. Consisting of the light cruisers HMS Ajax (flagship of Commodore Sir Henry Harwood, RN, Capt. All versions of the Aoshima kit, and the Niko and Samek resin kits, represent her after her post-River Plate repair and refit. Book via Booking Form A or Written by Roger Paine Cmdr RN Ret'd. The Matchbox kit is the only 1/700 scale kit of Exeter which represents her 1939 configuration. Faced with “Graf Spee's" heavier armament, Cdre Harwood decided to split his force in two and try to divide her main guns. Battle of the River Plate: reports from Admiral Commanding and from HM Ships Ajax, Achilles and Exeter.. London: United Kingdom National Archives (Kew). Tags. Every canvas print is hand-crafted in the USA, made on-demand at iCanvas and expertly stretched around 100% North American Pine wood stretcher bars. Graf Spee’s first salvo fell short of Exeter, the second was over and the third straddled the cruiser – classic gunnery. “Exeter” closed to the south while the two light cruisers worked around to the north , all firing as they manoeuvred. This must be it!! 'Len' R.A. Fogwill served on HMS Exeter during the Battle of the River Plate, his son, Patrick, has published his account online to download and read for free, Click Here. Her captain later shot himself. On December 13, 1939 in the morning spotted by Admiral Graf Spee and engaged during the Battle of the River Plate. HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles were both damaged and suffered casualties, HMS Ajax 7 dead and wounded and HMS Achilles 4 dead. “Graff Spee” entered port at midnight. On leaving EXETER he was drafted to HMS GREENWICH in 1941. 24 Nov 2020. (Among other things). They initially identified the Graf Spee's smoke as a merchant ship and HMS Exeter was detached to take a message to her, but soon the mistake was realised. Battle of the River Plate: reports from Admiral Commanding and from HM Ships Ajax, Achilles and Exeter.. London: United Kingdom National Archives (Kew). CARTER Albert H Exeter and Plymouth Gazette "Among those board HMS Exeter at the Battle of the River Plate was Seaman Gunner Albert H. Carter, old boy of Ladysmith-road School, Exeter, whose father and mother live at 46, Stuart-road Heavitree, Exeter. Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre. It may be of interest at this point, to give a short description of the gun power of the vessels engaged in this battle. TNA – ADM 116/4320, 1941. AE2 – Stoker’s Submarine, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. On board Exeter the bugler sounded ‘Action Stations’ followed by a long ‘G’. Haz tu selección entre imágenes premium sobre Admiral Graf Spee de la más alta calidad. When World War II began in September 1939, the cruiser was assigned to patrol South American waters against German commerce raiders. As other Allied hunting groups headed for the area, much diplomatic manoeuvring took place to hold her there. Exeter reported that she thought it was a pocket battleship and so, again in accordance with that pre-arranged plan, the three ships split up – Exeter to the north west and the other two cruisers to the north east. Bell, RN). Listening as usual for the following long ‘G’ we realised that we were not going to hear it. Langsdorff then committed suicide. The German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee had sailed into the South Atlantic two weeks before the war began, and had been commerce raiding after receiving appropriate authorisation on 26 September 1939. On December 12, 1939 Exeter was ordered to rendezvous with Achilles and Ajax off the mouth of the Río de la Plata (River Plate). Two or three minutes later we were in battle for at 0618 Graf Spee opened fire on Exeter at about 20,000 yards with her main armament of eleven inch guns. Parry, RN) and the heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. Our partnership with dealers, exceptional customer service and relationships have allowed us to make vehicle ownership a reality for many. F.S. HMS Exeter after the Battle off the River Plate After retiring from the action HMS Exeter made for the British base on the Falkland Islands to make temporary repairs. John Smith, HMS Exeter and the Battle of the River Plate in September 1939. After sinking three more ships, Langsdorff made for the busy shipping lanes off the River Plate in South America. Finally, on the 17th, Capt Langsdorff edged his ship out into the estuary where she was scuttled and blown up. Finch portrayed Langsdorff authentically as a gentleman. Mint Methodist Centre. Copyright © 2020. HMS Exeter at the Battle of River Plate. The historical outcome led the Graf Spee to seek shelter in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she was subsequently scuttled. Aside from a temporary deployment with the Mediterranean Fleet during the Abyssinia Crisis of 1935–36, she spent the bulk of the 1930s assigned to the Atlantic Fleet or the North America and West Indies Station. Exeter was one of three British cruisersthat fought t… north and 3.8 mi. “Graf Spee” concentrated her two 11in turrets on “Exeter” which was badly hit . By 06.50 all ships were heading west , "Exeter” with only one turret in action and on fire. The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th, . The full story of the battle together with photos is one of the Cruiser Actions. Unfortunately “Cumberland” was by now in the Falklands. HMS Exeter Engaging In The Gaf Spree At The Battle Of The River Plate, 2009 by Richard Willis canvas art print arrives ready to hang, with hanging accessories included and no additional framing required. Bell also commanded HMS Anson in 1945. His final draft was to HMS TRIUMPH, from which he retired from active service in 1949 to become a GP in Walton-on-Thames. W.E. The bugler sounded ‘Secure’ from Action Stations and as was usual, the hands settled down to doze on a settee or even in a hammock for an hour or so before the wash, shave and breakfast would begin another working day. The Battle of the River Plate was the first naval battle in the Second World War and the first one of the Battle of the Atlantic in South American waters. The Loss of HMAS Armidale by Dr Kevin Smith, D-Day commando on Sword Beach by Commander Jim Speed DSC, RAN. There is also a Video clip of the battle and the return of Exeter to the UK on the video page. Cdre Harwood with Hunting Group G - 8in-gunned cruisers Exeter and Cumberland and 6in light cruisers Ajax and New Zealand Achilles - correctly anticipated her destination. 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