The Battle of the River Plate
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The battle of the River Plate was the first major engagement between the Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine in 1939. Just before the outbreak of war, the pocket battle ship Graf Spee had been sent to the South Atlantic to sink British merchant vessels. It was engaged by a British task force consisting of cruisers HMS Achilles, HMS Ajax, and HMS Exeter. Although outgunned by the powerful guns of the German, the British ships engaged the battle and hit the German battleship who ran and sought refuge in neutral Uruguay. Under international law, the German ship could stay no longer than the time necessary to make her seaworthy. While everyone expected the Graf Spee to come out of the River Plate with all her guns firing at the British, the battle never took place. Graf Spee was scuttled at the limit of international waters, and admiral Langsdorff committed suicide. This was a prelude to the war at sea where the Royal Navy was never to be challenged directly by the powerful German battleships and was always to engage German war ships regardless of the odds.
Made at a time when memories of WWII were still very much vivid, the movie presents a balanced portrait of the main characters in the drama. Admiral Langsdorff is not pictured as a Nazi thug but as a sailor who fought decently according to the law of the sea. (Incidentally, one can note that he never gives a Hitler salute throughout the movie). The production of this relatively old movie is just magnificent. There are beautiful images of the sea and of real ships, not models.Read more ›
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True story. And unlike American movies "based" on true events, this is a movie reflecting true events! The Brits are always good at this! True story - really! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith in Canada
Impossible de visionner plus de 1:09 hrs. Le film arête subitementPublished 4 months ago by Richard Blondin
A classic WWII German/British encounter. Strategy, politics and enemy respecting his for are the story of this amazing movie. I had it on VHS and was so happy to find the DVD. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
Enjoyed the movie. It took place so early in the war that it has been ignored but it was as important as Sink the Bismark.Published 14 months ago by 600sloper