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Old 02-15-2006, 07:53 PM   #16
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Do you know if the main batteries are still intact on the wreck?

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Old 02-15-2006, 08:20 PM   #17
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No matter how good your camera is, Graf Spee will never look this good again
You mean like this
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:10 PM   #18
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Hi Guys
Here is one of the chaps who helped in this great battle.
It's a small flag given to my father by one of the widows of an Achilles crewman.
Signed after battle in 1940 by River Plate crew.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:13 PM   #19
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What a great national ensign to own Ross, thanks for posting it.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:45 PM   #21
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Its good to share things. Thanks John.
Heres the 11 inch guns on the Graf Spee. Photo in London Illustrated News.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:54 PM   #22
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One more Flag. Interesting spelling of Tokyo.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:18 AM   #23
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KM Spain,

Thanks for the translation, it is much appreciated.

John,

Nice to see photos of the locations as they are now
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:46 AM   #24
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Here is an interesting amateur water colour showing the 15cm guns in action. This was painted by the recognition officer on board the Graf Spee. He was actually civilian marine personnel.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:49 AM   #25
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Another one by him showing the sinking of the Ashlea. Inscription on the bottom roughly translated "she made a fine spectacle going down"
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:51 AM   #26
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Graphical map of the final voyage
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Pistol & Flag from Captain's suicide?
Old 02-16-2006, 09:39 AM   #27
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Anyone know what ever happened to the pistol used by Capt. Langsdorf to shoot himself in a local hotel room? Also, I've seen after-the-fact photos that show the captain having wrapped himself in one of the ship's flags as part of the suicide ritual.

I assume that local police authorities gathered these materials in the course of their investigation of the death? If so, possibly the pistol and flag remain in police/government custody, or maybe in a museum?

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Old 02-18-2006, 02:58 AM   #28
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Very nice pictures !! Sad too see that they put the Graf spee in pieces now after so long time untouched.Did they not plan to lift the Ship at the beginning?By the way just look at this Ebay Action (not mine) 6252717618 an original Graf spee picture.

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Wow!
Old 02-18-2006, 10:51 AM   #29
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This was just like reading an online issue of AFTER THE BATTLE!!!!
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:14 PM   #30
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A little smaller. A Zerstörer Eagle.
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