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. 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… HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles were both damaged and suffered casualties, HMS Ajax 7 dead and wounded and HMS Achilles 4 dead. The considered meaning of the motto is that Ajax is superior to all or: “NONE BEFORE AJAX”. (Highly recommended). Read more Read less. 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 … 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 … 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. 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. 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 “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. Copyright © 2020. Life on the Line Podcasts Exeter was one of three British cruisersthat fought t… 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. “Graff Spee” entered port at midnight. north and 3.8 mi. 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. 24 Nov 2020. 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. When World War II began in September 1939, the cruiser was assigned to patrol South American waters against German commerce raiders. The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of World War Two. Our partnership with dealers, exceptional customer service and relationships have allowed us to make vehicle ownership a reality for many. These lasted until January 1940, after which the ship returned to Devonport Dockyard for full repairs which took until March 1941 to complete. 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. (Among other things). HMS Achilles, which had been recommissioned in 1948 as HMIS Delhi, flagship of the Royal Indian Navy, played herself in the movie. Why not check out the reminiscences of former EXETER Ships' company members on the Imperial War Museum site here. HMS Exeter was forced to break off and head south for the Falklands , but "Graf Spee" failed to press home her advantage. “Exeter” closed to the south while the two light cruisers worked around to the north , all firing as they manoeuvred. 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. HMS Ajax was "played" by HMS Sheffield, HMS Exeter by HMS Jamaica and HMS Cumberland by herself. Or any other 1/700 kits suitable? 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? B a t t l e H o n o u r s . Finch portrayed Langsdorff authentically as a gentleman. In the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate, Bell was played by John Gregson. 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. 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. By 06.50 all ships were heading west , "Exeter” with only one turret in action and on fire. The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of World War Two. Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. 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. Unfortunately “Cumberland” was by now in the Falklands. Great Britain’s South American Naval Division was made up of four cruisers. March 30, 1977. Only “Cumberland” had arrived by this time. Barbara Bartholomew's father was taken to Makassar after HMS Exeter sank in 2nd Battle of Java Sea. Encuentra fotos de stock perfectas e imágenes editoriales de noticias sobre Admiral Graf Spee en Getty Images. Mint Methodist Centre. Tags. (Among other things). This event is rescheduled from November 2019 and those booked on that event do not need to reapply. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. 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 was forced to break off and head south for the Falklands [8], but "Graf Spee" failed to press home her advantage. 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. The convoy turned out to be three British cruisers of Commodore Sir Henry Harwood's squadron. On board Exeter the bugler sounded ‘Action Stations’ followed by a long ‘G’. F.S. Haz tu selección entre imágenes premium sobre Admiral Graf Spee de la más alta calidad. On board Exeter the bugler sounded ‘Action Stations’ followed by a long ‘G’. There is also a Video clip of the battle and the return of Exeter to the UK on the video page. 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) C.H.L. Consisting of the light cruisers HMS Ajax (flagship of Commodore Sir Henry Harwood, RN, Capt. 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. He talked about joining the Exeter, the earthquake in Chile, the outbreak of the war and encounter with the Graf Spee. Parry, RN) and the heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. Two minutes later, at 0620, Exeter opened fire with her two forward turrets – four 8-inch guns. Finally, on the 17th, Capt Langsdorff edged his ship out into the estuary where she was scuttled and blown up. 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. EX4 3AT . 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. Two other ships made up the South American Division – HMS Cumberland, commanded by Captain Fallowfield, and HMNZS Achilles, commanded by Captain Parry. Please use city centre car parks there is no parking at the Mint Methodist Centre. All versions of the Aoshima kit, and the Niko and Samek resin kits, represent her after her post-River Plate repair and refit. 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. The Matchbox kit is the only 1/700 scale kit of Exeter which represents her 1939 configuration. Filed Under: Naval Historical Review, Ship histories and stories, History - WW2, Australian Naval History Podcasts Responses. 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. The Loss of HMAS Armidale by Dr Kevin Smith, D-Day commando on Sword Beach by Commander Jim Speed DSC, RAN. / HMS Exeter at the Battle of River Plate. '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. . He was mentioned in despatches after the Battle of the River Plate. The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of World War Two. TNA – ADM 116/4320, 1941. Bell also commanded HMS Anson in 1945. AE2 – Stoker’s Submarine, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th 1939. “Graf Spee” concentrated her two 11in turrets on “Exeter” which was badly hit . Heavily damaged at the Battle of the River Plate by Admiral Graf Spee, December 1939. 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 took place on December 13th 1939. It may be of interest at this point, to give a short description of the gun power of the vessels engaged in this battle. 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. Exeter. The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th 1939. 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. On Saturday, December 2nd,1939, HMS Ajax, commanded by Captain Woodhouse, was harboured at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Also at Port Stanley was HMS Exeter, commanded by Captain Bell. 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. Woodhouse, RN in command), HMNZS Achilles (Capt. He retired from the Navy owing to ill health on 8 January 1948. 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. Suddenly, at about ten past six our dozing, or quiet thinking, was shattered by the familiar call to Action Stations. During the battle she was badly damaged with all her main armament either destroyed or out of action. John Smith, HMS Exeter and the Battle of the River Plate in September 1939. Listening as usual for the following long ‘G’ we realised that we were not going to hear it. W.E. HMS Exeter was the second and last York-class heavy cruiser built for the Royal Navy during the late 1920s. Patrick Northcott  interviewed by the Imperial War Museum, about his whole WW2 experience. The commander of the South American Division was Commodore Harwood. 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. On December 13, 1939 in the morning spotted by Admiral Graf Spee and engaged during the Battle of the River Plate. 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. 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. HMS Exeter and the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939. On leaving EXETER he was drafted to HMS GREENWICH in 1941. Faced with “Graf Spee's" heavier armament, Cdre Harwood decided to split his force in two and try to divide her main guns. Fore Street. Albert Carter left school in 1929 and joined the Navy about five and half years ago. The range was then nine and a half sea miles. After shifting target rapidly once or twice, Graf Spee concentrated the fire of all six of her 11-inch guns on Exeter. Graf Spee was portrayed by the U.S. heavy cruiser … The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13th, . She was taking in water and listing, although her engines remained intact. This podcast series examines Australia’s Naval history, featuring a variety of naval history experts from the Naval Studies Group and elsewhere. The battle in the South Atlantic was the first major naval battle of. AE1 – The Ship without a Name, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. The historical outcome led the Graf Spee to seek shelter in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she was subsequently scuttled. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80013725. Langsdorff then committed suicide. 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. Battle of the River Plate: reports from Admiral Commanding and from HM Ships Ajax, Achilles and Exeter.. London: United Kingdom National Archives (Kew). On December 12, 1939 Exeter was ordered to rendezvous with Achilles and Ajax off the mouth of the Río de la Plata (River Plate). (Commodore Harwood had transferred his broad pennant to Ajax from Exeter a few days previously). During the voyage she stopped three times to bury her dead at sea. With the British squadron now split (as planned before the battle) action commenced at with the Admiral Graf Spee opening fire at 0615 hours. “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. Battle of the River Plate: reports from Admiral Commanding and from HM Ships Ajax, Achilles and Exeter.. London: United Kingdom National Archives (Kew). These recordings can be accessed through Apple iTunes or for Android users, Stitcher. 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. This was continued when given to a Type 42 Destroyer on launch by Swan Hunter in 1978. 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. The History Learning Site, 18 May 2015. HMS Exeter, for Battle of the River Plate? Book via Booking Form A or Graf Spee’s first salvo fell short of Exeter, the second was over and the third straddled the cruiser – classic gunnery. His final draft was to HMS TRIUMPH, from which he retired from active service in 1949 to become a GP in Walton-on-Thames. Naval Historical Society of Australia Inc. The old Matchbox kit is said to be, but its a bit crude. That morning all was well. Delaware River Bridge (Brown County, Kansas) Built 1935; replaced 1994 Lost pony truss bridge over Delaware River on FAS 1556, 0.3 mi. 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]. After sinking three more ships, Langsdorff made for the busy shipping lanes off the River Plate in South America. The ship had a firm relationship with the City of Exeter throughout her service. He talked about joining the Exeter, the earthquake in Chile, the outbreak of the war and encounter with the Graf Spee. Her captain later shot himself. 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. By 08.00, still with only superficial damage, she headed for the neutral Uruguayan port of Montevideo, the cruisers shadowing [9]. They both shadowed the Admiral Graf Spee into Uruguay territorial waters where she entered the port of Montevideo. HMS Exeter fighting off an aircraft attack in January 1942 during the Battle of the Banka Straits. Bell, RN). He was drafted to HMS EXETER in 1936 as PMO and promoted to Surgeon Commander in 1937. Ron served in HMS Exeter in the historic battle and his account is graphic and accurate. 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 … west of Mercier Exeter Finance offers franchise dealership financing and subprime auto lending to credit-challenged customers. 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 fall of Ajax is impossible without his consent; he is in control of himself. 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. 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