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The 'Galley' was the codename for the 'Diesel Fuel Refinery'.  This was destroyed in the fight.

The Graf Spee had to convert crude oil to Diesel to run it's engines.  It didn't have enough fuel to go anywhere.

Even if it soundly spanked all the RN ships out there waiting for it, the crew would still have to row home.


Lansdorf was instructed not to engage RN warships.  But for the glory and honor, he let this happen.

He could have finished off the Exeter, but he didn't wish the RN crew to needlessly perish - so he spared it from destruction.

This was 1939, and it wasn't 'Total War' quite yet.

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5 minutes ago, AVR_Project said:

The Graf Spee had to convert fuel oil to Diesel to run it's turbines.  It didn't have enough fuel to go anywhere.

The Graf Spee was powered by 8 diesel engines. It is one of the reasons as an old USN Engineman I wanted the ship in game besides its history.

The Deutschland-class ships were equipped with four sets of 9-cylinder, double-acting, two-stroke diesel engines built by MAN.[8] The adoption of an all-diesel propulsion system was a radical innovation at the time and contributed to significant savings in weight.[13] Each set was controlled by transmissions built by AG Vulcan. The engines were paired on two propeller shafts, which were attached to three-bladed screws that were 4.40 m (14 ft 5 in) in diameter. Deutschland was initially fitted with 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in) diameter screws, though they were replaced with the larger screws. The engines were rated at 54,000 metric horsepower (53,261 shp; 39,717 kW) and a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph). They did not meet the expected shaft-horsepower on trials, though they did exceed their design speeds. Deutschland's engines reached 48,390 PS (47,730 shp; 35,590 kW) and 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph), and Admiral Scheer's engines reached 52,050 PS (51,340 shp; 38,280 kW) and 28.3 knots (52.4 km/h; 32.6 mph). Horsepower figures for Admiral Graf Spee are not recorded, though her top speed on trials was 29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph).[8]

Deutschland could carry up to 2,750 t (2,710 long tons) of fuel oil; this enabled a maximum range of 17,400 nautical miles (32,200 km; 20,000 mi) at a speed of 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph). An increase in speed by one knot reduced the range slightly to 16,600 nmi (30,700 km; 19,100 mi). At a higher speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph), the range fell to 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi). Admiral Scheer carried 2,410 t (2,370 long tons) and had a correspondingly shorter range of 9,100 nmi (16,900 km; 10,500 mi) at 20 kn. Admiral Graf Spee stored 2,500 t (2,500 long tons) of fuel, which enabled a range of 8,900 nmi (16,500 km; 10,200 mi). Electricity was supplied by four electric generators powered by two diesel engines. Their total output was 2,160 kW for Deutschland, 2,800 kW for Admiral Scheer, and 3,360 kW for Admiral Graf Spee, all at 220 volts. Steering was controlled by a single rudder.[8]


4 hours ago, Sovereigndawg said:

For those that are interested and the Archive site that the video is hosted at is way cool too.


Great video thanks for posting.

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Thanks for the link!  Good video and very interesting!  :fish_book:

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