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Here's my baddie attempt at writing. It's slightly above 500 words but I promise you it won't be some 50-page university paper.

 

It's 175 words above 500.

Do try to keep it around 500 words, but we will consider it even if it breaks the limit a little. It's not really a strict rule, but a base line :)

 

And no, that doesn't mean you can go all the way to 1000 or something like that.

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500 words right on the nose!

 

 

Additional Source Used: http://www.kbismarck.com/graf-spee.html


 

 

 

Admiral Graf Spee - The third and final Panzerschiff of the Deutschland class led successful commerce raiding missions from the time the United Kingdom declared war on Germany on September 1, 1939 through to its final day of December 17, 1939; sinking 9 British ships weighing 50,089 GRT.
 

Construction began October 1, 1932 and she was commissioned January 1936. With a crew of 1150, she had a standard displacement of 12100mt up to 16200mt with waterline length of 181.7m or 186m total, beam of 21.65m and draft of 7.34m. Her main belt armor of 100m (with 13 degree incline) and conning tower of 50-150m protected her vital parts while 75-100m and 45m protected her gun turrets and torpedo bulkhead respectively, with 34-45mm of deck armor. In addition to gun firepower she was equipped with 8x53.3cm torpedo tubes in two quadruple mounts. Her main gun armament consisted of the following:

  • 6x28cm in two triple turrets SK C/28 guns.
  • 8x15cm in single turrets SK C/28 guns.
  • 6x10.5cm in three double mounts SK C/33 guns.
  • 8x3.7cm in four double mounts SK C/30 guns.
  • 10x2cm in single mounts MG C/30 guns.

To assist in spotting she was equipped with both radar (FMG 39G (gO)), and a seaplane (Heinkel He-60 (replaced in 1939 with 1 x Arado ar 196)). 8 MAN diesel engines with 2 shafts, and 1 rudder allowed her to achieve speed up to 28.5 knots and 53,650hp at trials with a fuel capacity of 2720mt and endurance capacity of 16500nm at 18knots or 7900nm at 26knots.

 

She joined the fleet on May 9, 1936 under her first of three captains, Captain Konrad Patzig. She began non intervention patrols during the Spanish civil war from 1936 until moving to the Atlantic Ocean in August 1939 in preparation for a war with Europe which began September 1, 1939. During this time, she also participated in representing Germany on the occasion of the coronation of King George VI (1937), and both the launching of Prinz Eugen (1938) and Tirpitz (1939).

 

During her successful but short lived commerce raiding mission in which she sunk 9 British ships on December 13, 1939 she engaged 3 British cruisers Exter, Ajax, and Achilles. She opened fire at Exeter from a distance of about 10 miles during the battle of the River Plate. Although Exeter was completely put out of action and Ajax had X and Y turrets disabled Graf Spee was hit by 20 shells of a mix of 8 and 6inch caliber. Suffering significant damage with 36 dead and 60 wounded Captain Langsdorff, who had been captain of the ship since November 1, 1938, decided to head to the neutral port of Montevideo for repairs. At the dock Uruguayan authorities allowed just 72 hours for repairs. The Germans decided 72hrs was not enough time for the ship to be seaworthy and Langsdorff decided to scuttle the ship and save the crew interned at Argentina.

 

December 20, 1939 Captain Langsdorff commited suicide.

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Do try to keep it around 500 words, but we will consider it even if it breaks the limit a little. It's not really a strict rule, but a base line :)

 

And no, that doesn't mean you can go all the way to 1000 or something like that.

 

It's why i had to redo mine, it was almost at 2000 words in the end. (I started writting and when i was over, it was far too much...) Should be done for the 5th. :amazed:

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I wrote mine on my lunch break at work haha...

Read sources, make notes I want to talk about on notepad, put stuff in MS word, bring to 500words, post it in browser, realize it didn't post properly and spend 90% of the time used editing it in the browser as it never seems to post properly?

Done.


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As my namesake said, "Nothing is sure in a sea fight beyond all others," and the story of the Admiral Graf Spee certainly reflects that adage.

In other words,

Admiral Graf Spee was the final ship of the Deutschland class cruisers, a technical phenomenon in her time, the Admiral Graf Spee was designed as an innovative way to circumvent the limitations imposed on German naval power by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, while having firepower beyond the capabilities of the Five-Power Treaty signatories. The Admiral Graf Spee had several distinct advantages, most notably her 28 cm main armament mounted in two triple gun turrets—the largest to be carried by a heavy cruiser during World War II. Admiral Graf Spee was also equipped with a “Seetakt” radar unit, and with a maximal speed of 28.5 knots, she could theoretically outrun any enemy battleship which outmatched her.

 

These advantages came at a definite cost, however, as the armor of Admiral Graf Spee was quite weak when compared to other heavy cruisers of the time. Quietly boasting 80 mm of belt armor coupled with a maximum of 45 mm of deck armor, Admiral Graf Spee was vulnerable to the six and eight inch guns she would ultimately face.

 

When the Admiral Graf Spee was laid down on October 1, 1932, her design was barely within the 10,000-ton limit established by the Treaty of Versailles. In order to accommodate her massive guns, innovative technologies were used to save weight. The Admiral Graf Spee used incredibly powerful diesel engines developed by MAN capable of producing upwards of 54,000 shaft horsepower. These novel engines contributed to vast weight savings, but had a critical weakness that would lead to the downfall of the ship. Admiral Graf Spee also made use of an almost entirely welded hull—one of the first major warships to do so.

 

After being commissioned on January 6, 1936, the Admiral Graf Spee went through three months of sea trials and quickly became the flagship of the German navy. Throughout her service from 1936-1938 Admiral Graf Spee operated in five non-intervention patrols near Spain and conducted several goodwill visits, and on 20 May, 1937 represented Germany at the Coronation Review for King George VI.

 

At the beginning of World War II, Admiral Graf Spee was sent as a commerce raider to the southern Atlantic, where she would sink nine merchant ships within two months. Eventually, the engines of the Admiral Graf Spee required a refit, necessitating a return to Germany, however, the captain chose to risk a patrol past the River Plate—a shipping hub. On December 13, 1939, the Admiral Graf Spee encountered the British heavy cruiser Exeter and light cruiser Ajax, along with the New Zealander light cruiser, Achilles. The cruisers met in a fierce battle, where the Admiral Graf Spee severely damaged the Exeter with seven direct hits and disabled the rear armament of the Ajax, while the Admiral Graf Spee only received what appeared to be superficial damage. After retreating, the crew of Admiral Graf Spee discovered that a shell had damaged an exposed, but vital component of the diesel engines. The neutral port of Montevideo denied the crew time to repair, leaving the crew to scuttle the Admiral Graf Spee.

 

Soon after the ship was scuttled, Captain Langsdorff committed suicide, on December 20, 1939.

 

 

Thank you for your time.

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Hi,

 

time for me to post my application.

 

Admiral Graf Spee is the third ship of the Deutschland cruiser class, dubbed "Panzerschiff" by the Reichsmarine, it was also known as a pocket battleship. The Deutschland class were the first heavy ships built by Germany after World War I, and they were built to replace obsolete pre-dreadnought battleships under the provisions of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Deutschland is what caused the Washington Treaty to fall apart, as it started a weapons race between the superpowers of the world due to the threat it caused. The main issues for the Deutschland class were her light armor, due to the weight limits imposed to Germany by the allies after World War I.

 

Despite her shortcomings, she had many advantages over the other ships she competed with. Her speed of 28 knots and her guns of 28cm (11in) made her feared by the allies.

 

Ordered on the 23rd of August 1932 and laid down on the 1st of October 1932 at the Navy Yard in Wilhelmshaven, Graf Spee was completed on the 6th of January 1936. On the 26th of June 1936, her trials were completed and she was assigned to the fleet.

 

Graf Spee first saw combat during the Spanish Civil war as she was assigned to patrol duty under the international agreement.

 

In August 1938, Graf Spee was sent to the dry docks for a refit to add more anti-aircraft guns and a radar.

 

At the start of World War II, Graf Spee was equipped for convoy raiding. On the 21st of August 1939, she left Wilhelmshaven for a location south of the Equator in the Southern Atlantic, awaiting raiding orders. On the 26th of September 1939, her commander, Hans Wilhelm Langsdorff,  received the orders to sink enemy merchant ships. She sank nine of them and her support ship Altmark, a fleet oiler, took the survivors from the ships that sank as prisoners of war.

 

On the 3rd of December 1939, Graf Spee moved to River Plate near Montevideo in Uruguay. The last two merchant ships she sank sent a distress call to the Royal Navy in the area. Commodore Harwood, the commander of the South American division of the Royal Navy ordered HMS Ajax who was in River Plate for the preparation of an upcoming convoy to search for Graf Spee. On the 9th of December, he also ordered HMS Exeter and HMS Achilles to join HMS Ajax as he expected Graf Spee to attack the convoy. On the 13th of December, Graf Spee had been found by the three British ships, and at 0610, the engagement started. HMS Exeter, being a heavy cruiser attacked first with support from the two others. On 0749, Graf Spee ceased fire and moved towards Montevideo. The British ships starts the pursuit of the Graf Spee, where she arrived successfully.

 

On the 17th of December 1939, Graf Spee left Montevideo with a skeleton crew at 1800. At 2130, the crew abandoned ship and at 2300, and the ship was scuttled. The battle in River Plate was the first naval battle of World War II.

 

Konstam, Angus. River Plate 1939, The Sinking of the Graf Spee. 2016

Koop, Gerhard and Schmolke, Klaus-Peter. Pocket Battleships of the Deutschland class, Warships of the Kriegsmarine. 1990

Page, Christopher Capt. German Capital Ships and Raiders in World War II, Volume I: From Graf Spee to Bismarck, 1939-1941. 2002

Sieche, Erwin. Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships 1922-1946. 1980

 

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I wrote mine on my lunch break at work haha...

Read sources, make notes I want to talk about on notepad, put stuff in MS word, bring to 500words, post it in browser, realize it didn't post properly and spend 90% of the time used editing it in the browser as it never seems to post properly?

Done.

 

That kind of tenacity and patience is definitely helpful when editing wiki code :)

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The Admiral Graf Spee was the later of 3 Deutschland-class Cruisers built under the restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles following World War 1. Although nominally under the 10,000 long ton limit, she exceeded this when fully laden. The Admiral Graf Spee was the first German ship to be equipped with radar, and was powered by 8 MAN diesel engines, giving her a top speed of 28.5 knots. Armed with 6 280mm guns in 2 triple turrets, she was both fast and dangerous to any ships that could catch her.

 

The first combat engagement of the Admiral Graf Spee was on the morning of 13 December 1939, when lookouts spotted 3 ships off the starboard bow. These were identified as the HMS Exeter, and two Leander-class cruisers, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles. The captain ordered the Graf Spee to close on the 3 ships at full speed, and opened fire at the Exeter, scoring 3 direct hits which severely damaged the ship. Despite the attempts of the  Ajax and Achilles attempted to draw the Graf Spee’s fire, the severe damage to Exeter’s main armament forced her to withdraw from the battle.

 

After the skirmish (which would later become known as the Battle of the River Plate), the damage to the Graf Spee was assessed, and found to be mostly superficial. However, key components required to cross the Atlantic and return to Germany had been destroyed, and the command to dock at the nearby port of Montevideo, Uruguay was given. The wounded from from the battle were moved to hospitals on land, and the dead were buried with full honours.

 

Following discussions with his superiors in Berlin, and intercepted British reports of vastly superior forces in the area, Captain Hans Wilhelm Langsdorff gave the order to scuttle the ship. The Graf Spee was moved to shallow waters and scuttled, burning for the next 2 days.

 


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      Admiral Graf Spee was the third and final ship of the Deutschland class panzerschiffes, Germany’s unique class of versatile warships designed for home defense and, secretly, commerce raiding. These are the three ships that rekindled the European naval arms race – despite the strict limitations placed upon Germany, the three unique warships designed to replace Germany’s obsolete pre-dreadnoughts as per the Treaty of Versailles proved to be something both unexpected and something that couldn’t easily be dealt with. Germany’s new ships were limited to a standard displacement of 10,000 tons and a maximum gun size of 283mm guns, and to design a viable replacement for the old pre-dreadnoughts, several new technologies had to be adopted; the two most well-known is their diesel propulsion systems and their welded construction.

 

Admiral Graf Spee was both the last panzerschiffe to be constructed and the first to sink. Laid down in 1932 and commissioned by 1936, Spee was delayed until 1932, due to fierce political opposition to the construction of the panzerschiffes. As these ships were all heavily affected by politics, each ship’s design varied slightly. Notably about Spee, she displaced significantly more than her sisters, as her operation radius was improved to allow her to cross over 16,000 nautical miles, and she was equipped with a Seetakt radar set, making Graf Spee the first German warship to be equipped with radar.

 

After her completion in 1936, Spee’s first 3 months were spent performing extensive sea trials to prepare the ship for service, and especially to test her new radar. Admiral Graf Spee was established as the flagship of the German Navy after these trials. Her pre-war service was largely spent doing non-intervention patrols off the coast of Republican Spain, with her being present at King George VI’s coronation where she represented Germany, as well as various goodwill visits to foreign ports. In 1938, in the build-up for the war, Spee participated in extensive fleet maneuvers, before being dispatched to the South Atlantic, 10 days before World War II started.

 

In the mere 4 months she was active, Spee sunk just over 50,000 tons of commerce shipping from 9 ships, abiding by prize rules. To deal with this headache of a panzerschiffe, Britain and France dispatched the combined fleet ‘Force G’, made up of three battlecruisers, four aircraft carriers and sixteen cruisers to comb the South Atlantic for Spee. Three cruisers, HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles, encountered Spee in an engagement that came to be known as the Battle of the River Plate. Spee proved her worth in this engagement, dealing severe damage to Exeter and lightly damaging Ajax and Achilles, forcing the cruisers to break off. Spee, while mostly undamaged, had suffered damage to her engines and had expended a great amount of ammunition – and she had nowhere to run; British intelligence had ‘informed’ her captain of a gargantuan fleet headed to their location. Her captain chose to scuttle her in the port of Montevideo on the 17th of December, 1939.

Apologies for the odd spelling error, I'm in Australia so I'm used to spelling some words (defence = defense, manoeuvre = maneuvers) differently. 

Gardiner, Chesneau, R. (1980). Conway's All the world's fighting ships, 1922-1946. London: Conway Maritime Press.

Gröener, Jung and Maass, R. (1990). German Warships 1815-1945 Volume 1: Major Surface Vessels. London: Conway Maritime Press.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Admiral_Graf_Spee

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_River_Plate

http://www.german-navy.de/kriegsmarine/ships/panzerschiffe/admiralgrafspee/history.html

Note: I had to edit it because it didn't copy over my syntax properly =-=

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      Admiral Graf Spee was the third and final ship of the Deutschland class panzerschiffes, Germany’s unique class of versatile warships designed for home defense and, secretly, commerce raiding. These are the three ships that rekindled the European naval arms race – despite the strict limitations placed upon Germany, the three unique warships designed to replace Germany’s obsolete pre-dreadnoughts as per the Treaty of Versailles proved to be something both unexpected and something that couldn’t easily be dealt with. Germany’s new ships were limited to a standard displacement of 10,000 tons and a maximum gun size of 283mm guns, and to design a viable replacement for the old pre-dreadnoughts, several new technologies had to be adopted; the two most well-known is their diesel propulsion systems and their welded construction.

 

Admiral Graf Spee was both the last panzerschiffe to be constructed and the first to sink. Laid down in 1932 and commissioned by 1936, Spee was delayed until 1932, due to fierce political opposition to the construction of the panzerschiffes. As these ships were all heavily affected by politics, each ship’s design varied slightly. Notably about Spee, she displaced significantly more than her sisters, as her operation radius was improved to allow her to cross over 16,000 nautical miles, and she was equipped with a Seetakt radar set, making Graf Spee the first German warship to be equipped with radar.

 

After her completion in 1936, Spee’s first 3 months were spent performing extensive sea trials to prepare the ship for service, and especially to test her new radar. Admiral Graf Spee was established as the flagship of the German Navy after these trials. Her pre-war service was largely spent doing non-intervention patrols off the coast of Republican Spain, with her being present at King George VI’s coronation where she represented Germany, as well as various goodwill visits to foreign ports. In 1938, in the build-up for the war, Spee participated in extensive fleet maneuvers, before being dispatched to the South Atlantic, 10 days before World War II started.

 

In the mere 4 months she was active, Spee sunk just over 50,000 tons of commerce shipping from 9 ships, abiding by prize rules. To deal with this headache of a panzerschiffe, Britain and France dispatched the combined fleet ‘Force G’, made up of three battlecruisers, four aircraft carriers and sixteen cruisers to comb the South Atlantic for Spee. Three cruisers, HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles, encountered Spee in an engagement that came to be known as the Battle of the River Plate. Spee proved her worth in this engagement, dealing severe damage to Exeter and lightly damaging Ajax and Achilles, forcing the cruisers to break off. Spee, while mostly undamaged, had suffered damage to her engines and had expended a great amount of ammunition – and she had nowhere to run; British intelligence had ‘informed’ her captain of a gargantuan fleet headed to their location. Her captain chose to scuttle her in the port of Montevideo on the 17th of December, 1939.

Apologies for the odd spelling error, I'm in Australia so I'm used to spelling some words (defence = defense, manoeuvre = maneuvers) differently. 

Gardiner, Chesneau, R. (1980). Conway's All the world's fighting ships, 1922-1946. London: Conway Maritime Press.

Gröener, Jung and Maass, R. (1990). German Warships 1815-1945 Volume 1: Major Surface Vessels. London: Conway Maritime Press.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Admiral_Graf_Spee

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_River_Plate

http://www.german-navy.de/kriegsmarine/ships/panzerschiffe/admiralgrafspee/history.html

Note: I had to edit it because it didn't copy over my syntax properly =-=

 

If you have some errors with spelling I recommend OpenOffice. It's a free software and it saved me from several spelling mistakes. It's kind of like MS word and you can set the language for the autocorrector.

 

My spelling is also srewed up due to german words sounding so similar that I mix them up. Example maneuver and the german Manöver. Mix them and you get manouver. Or in this case even worse River Plate is Río de la Plata in germany. Battle of Jutland is Skagerakschlacht here.


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Here is my attempt \owo/

 

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Admiral Graf Spee was the third and final ship of the Deutschland class “Panzerschiffe” cruisers. She was designed and built during a time when Germany was still under the limitations of the Treaty of Versailles signed after World War One ended. The treaty stipulated new warship designs with a displacement not to exceed 10,000 tons.

 

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Greetings Captains! 

Here is my contribution to this competition; I apologize for the Canadian spelling of some words. 

 

     The KMS Admiral Graf Spee was the third ship of the Deutschland-class cruisers, designed under the limitations imposed by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. It allowed the Reichsmarine to replace their out-dated battleships with new vessels of maximum 10,000t displacement. Under these constraints, naval architects opted for an ingenious solution: mount large calibre guns on a lightly armoured vessel; saving weight by using unorthodox solutions such as a diesel power-plant and a welded steel hull, whilst mounting six 11-inch guns in 2 triple-gun turrets as main armament. In reality, the Graf Spee had a displacement of over 16,000t, due to her having the thickest armour of the class. Nonetheless, this unique design of having battleship-like guns on a cruiser body sparked the conception of the famous nickname: “pocket battleships”.

 

     Laid down on October 1st 1932 by the Reichsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, Graf Spee was launched June 30th 1934. After her sea trials, she was commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on January 6th 1936

 

     Graf Spee saw an active pre-war career, serving as the Navy Flagship from 1936-1938. During the Spanish Civil War she conducted five non-intervention patrols in Spanish waters between August 1936 and February 1938. Graf Spee was also the only ship representing Germany at the Coronation Fleet Review of 1937 for King George VI. 

 

     At the onset of the Second World War, Graf Spee, under the command of KzS Hans Langsdorff, conducted commerce raiding operations against British shipping. From September 26th to December 12th 1939, Graf Spee prowled the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, eventually sinking 9 ships - a total of over 50,000 GRT - all the while evading a combined Franco-British force of over 20 ships; sowing mass panic. The usage of novel technologies like airplanes and radar aided her in the hunt, whilst clever camouflage strategies, such as dummy guns, fake tripod-mast paint scheme, and a fake second funnel, masked her identity.   

 

     On the 13th of December 1939, off the River Plate Estuary in South America, Graf Spee decided to engage the cruisers Achilles, Ajax, and Exeter upon sighting them. The guns of the Graf Spee proved their effectiveness, damaging Ajax and Achilles, and heavily damaging Exeter. The combined British gunnery, however, took its toll; 36 dead, and a shell from the Exeter destroyed the Graf Spee’s fuel processing equipment, rendering her unable to retreat anywhere other than the neutral port of Montevideo, Uruguay. Not wishing to lose their quarry, the British distributed false reports of major reinforcements arriving to bolster the River Plate blockade, as well as pressuring the Uruguay government to impose a meagre 72 hours of allotted stay time in port. This ruse proved effective, and the Graf Spee’s career came to an abrupt end on December 17th, when she was scuttled outside Montevideo; Langsdorff chose to preserve the lives of his men and the secrets of the Graf Spee above anything else. Having understood he has done everything within his capability as captain of both ship and crew, Langsdorff chose to take his own life. He was found dead December 20th.

 

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Admiral_Graf_Spee

Website: http://www.deutschland-class.dk/admiral_graf_spee/admiral_graf_spee_operation_hist.html

Website: http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~treevecwll/spees.htm

Book: Koop, Gary. Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class. 1999

Book: Williamson, Gordon. German Pocket Battleships 1939-45. 2003

Book: Bidlingmaier, Gerhard. Warship Profile 4: KM Admiral Graf Spee. 1971 

 

Thank you for your time

 

Edit: fixed paragraph spacing.

 

 

P.S. I wondered if I should pull a Graf Spee; grossly overstepping the word limitation, all the while stating the essay to be of 500 words long  :P

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Welp, here goes nothing. Best of luck to all the competitors!

 

 

Admiral Graf Spee was one of the three Deutschland class Panzerschiffe, which translates to Armored Ship directly from the German language. Designed and built by Germany under the limitations of the Treaty of Versailles after World War I, she was named after the German Admiral Maximilian von Spee, who was killed during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in World War 1. She had a crew of 30 officers and in between 900-1,050 crewmembers as of 1935.

 

Following the outbreak of World War 2, Admiral Graf Spee was ordered to commence commerce raiding within the Atlantic along with a healthy portion of the battle-ready Kriegsmarine vessels. Graf Spee had her first engagement when she located, raided and sank the merchant ship Clement off the coast of Brazil.

 

She then began to plague the Royal Navy Merchant Fleet in the south Atlantic for two months until December 13, 1939. At about 0600 hours, Spee made contact with the York class Heavy Cruiser HMS Exeter and her escorts the Leander class Light Cruisers HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles off the River Plate estuary. Spee sparked hostilities at 0617 by splitting primary and secondary battery fire among the Exeter and Ajax respectively. The Royal Navy returned fire en-masse. At the end of the first half hour, Spee had scored three 28cm shell hits on the Exeter, knocking out her two forward turrets. However, the Graf Spee did not escape unscathed. She had sustained approximately 70 hits overall, suffering approximately 36 dead and 60 wounded.

Her Commanding Officer, Kapitän zur See (Sea Captain) Hans Langsdorff made the order to put into Montevideo for repairs. After much discussion with Berlin, Langsdorff made the decision to scuttle the Spee rather than risk the lives of his crew. On December 17, 1939 at 2055, the Spee was scuttled. The wreck was partially broken up in situ through ’42-’43 and Spee’s salvaged rangefinder can be seen on display in Montevideo.

 

 

German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. (n.d.). Retrieved December 04, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Admiral_Graf_Spee

 

 

Edited as I forgot to add my total word count.

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Finally done! Here's my attempt at it (542 words):

 

                The Admiral Graf Spee was the third of three Panzerschiffe (“armored ship”) of the Deutschland class. She was laid down in October 1932 in the Wilhelmshaven War Navy Shipyard and was commissioned in January 1936. The Admiral Graf Spee was built in-line with the restrictions placed by the Treaty of Versailles, stated to displace 10,000 long tons. However, with a full load the Admiral Graf Spee displaced 16,020 long tons, well over the limit set by the Treaty. She had two triple gun turrets with 28cm guns for main armament, and could go at a top speed of 28 knots. The combination of speed and firepower led the British to classify her as a “pocket battleship”.

 

                After being commissioned in early 1936, the Admiral Graf Spee joined the German Navy later that year as the flagship. She was then sent to Spain to take part in a series of patrols during the Spanish Civil War, her patrols conducted between August 1936 and February 1938. After her involvement in the Spanish Civil War, she participated in several cruises in the Atlantic and participated in naval exercises with other German Navy ships.

 

                Once World War II broke out, the Admiral Graf Spee was ordered to begin commerce raids against British merchant ships in the Atlantic. She sunk her first merchant ship off the coast of Brazil on the 30th of September, sinking the British steamer Clement after evacuating all its crew. To counter this, the French and British sent hunt groups to target the Admiral Graf Spee on the 5th of October. She sunk 5 more ships before heading off to Madagascar to throw off the Allied ships. Off the coast of Africa, she sunk another ship before heading back to the Atlantic on the 17th of November. To confuse the Allied ships of the Admiral Graf Spee’s identity, a dummy gun turret was built on her bridge and dummy second funnel built behind the aircraft catapult. This served as camouflage from the enemy as it significantly altered the ship’s silhouette.  

 

                The Admiral Graf Spee encountered the British steamer Doric Star on the 2nd of December, which the Admiral Graf Spee sunk, but not before the Doric Star sent out a distress signal. This distress signal led the British to move three cruisers to the mouth of the River Plate, which the British anticipated would be the Admiral Graf Spee’s next target. After sinking a freighter on the 7th of December, she found shipping route information which led the Admiral Graf Spee to head to Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital situated on the northeastern bank of the River Plate estuary.

 

               On the 13th of December, 1939, the Admiral Graf Spee encountered the British cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Achilles, and HMS Ajax at the mouth of the River Plate. In the ensuing battle, the Admiral Graf Spee put in significant hits on the Ajax and the Exeter and was able to move into Montevideo. However, the Admiral Graf Spee took significant damage as well in that battle, taking 70 hits and losing 36 crew members. With the British threatening to destroy the Admiral Graf Spee if she broke out of Montevideo, the Germans decided to scuttle the Admiral Graf Spee on the 17th of December, 1939.

 

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490 words. 

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 The Admiral Graf Spee was the last of three Deutschland class Heavy Cruisers built for the German Navy.  She was designed to be faster than ships which could outgun her and stronger than ships that were faster. Her 8 MAN diesel engines provided 52000 SHP giving her a design speed of 28 knots. Long and sleek with a length of 610 feet, a 71 feet beam and draft of 24 feet she was ideal for both open and coastal water engagements. The Graf Spee could quickly cruise coastal waters striking enemy shipping where she choose too.

 

The Graf Spee’s primary armament consisted of 6 x 11-inch guns in 2 triple turrets, one forward of the superstructure and one aft.  A single salvo could toss 4700lbs of shells downrange.  Additional secondary and anti-aircraft artillery were provided by 8 x 5.9 inch guns, 6 x 105mm dual purpose guns, 8 x 37 mm anti-aircraft guns, and 10 x 20 mm anti-aircraft guns. The Graf Spee was also outfitted with 8 x 21-in torpedoes in 2 quadruple tubes.  She also had two Arado AR 196 floatplanes for reconnaissance and surveillance

 

Commanded by Captain Hans Langsdorff the Graf Spee entered the Atlantic Ocean in August 1939 with orders to proceed to the South Atlantic and wait further instructions.  Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939 starting the Second World War.  Captain Langsdorff was given his war orders. He was to patrol the South Atlantic and sink merchant traffic.

 

Captain Langsdorff and the men of the Admiral Graf Spee, from October to mid December 1939 intercepted and sunk 9 merchant ships. Adhering to a strict code of conduct Captain Langsdorff ordered the merchant crews into life boats before sinking their ships.

 

On the morning of December 13, 1939 while patrolling off the coast of Argentina and Uruguay near the River Plate, lookouts spotted mast on the horizon.  The Graf Spee maneuvered to intercept the suspected merchants.  Closing in on his target Captain Langsdorff discovered three British and New Zealand Cruisers, the York Class heavy cruiser Exeter and two Leander class light cruiser Ajax and Achilles.   

 

The Admiral Graf Spee engaged the three cruisers in the first naval surface battle of the war. The Graf Spee’s fire was effective. The Leander class cruisers were damaged. The Exeter’s main guns were disabled and she withdrew from action.

 

The Graf Spee escaped, limping into the port of Montevideo, Uruguay to begin repairs to her fuel systems.  The government would not permit the Graf Spee to stay beyond 48 hours. Suspecting he was vastly outnumbered and not wanting his ship to fall into enemy hands, Captain Langsdorff evacuated his crew. With a handful of men they drove out of the channel and scuttle their ship. The crew of the Graf Spee would sit out the remainder of the war in Argentina as prisoners of war.   

 

Captain Langsdorff was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment on December 20, 1939 of a self inflicted bullet wound.  


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If you can see this post, then the contest is OVER!

 

The Current Wiki Editor team will be judging the entries and we should have our two winners picked out by tomorrow. 

 


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Hello Contestants! 

 

I want to say that the entries this time around we truly excellent, and thank you to everyone that entered. I hope you know what you are all trying to get into as being a Wiki Editor, though it has lots of fringe benefits, it's still community driven hard work that has the sole intent of making the rest of the community more knowledgeable about the game.

 

So after hours of constant entry examination, polite discussion, and a small fist fight that had to be broken up, I am making a command decision. The entries were really that good and just selecting two this time around seemed inappropriate, so we will be selecting THREE! Your winners are:

 

-mrmariokartguy
-Destroyer_Fuyuzuki
-TheZeke00

 

I will be contacting each of you to on-board you to the Wiki Team. Please watch your PM boxes. Congratulations to you three and thank you everyone who took the time to enter!

 

 

 

 


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Congrats to the winners!


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lol I had like three quarters of an entry done.

 

Meh, next time XD I gotta keep track of time.


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It was very difficult narrowing people down to two.  We literally deadlocked trying to decide.  Thankfully, we were able to invite three in.

 

We really appreciate all the work that each of you put in to making entries.  It took me two hours to look over everyone's entries and make my notes about them.  It then took another hour to isolate the best entries.  If you did not win, look over your entry and compare it to the others.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities.

 

For those three who did win, your soul now belongs to Wargaming.  Buckle up!


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