In the opening months of WWII the Graf Spee and three Allied ships fought a naval and political battle off the coast of South America that was unlike any battle fought since. Over 100 men from both sides lost their lives during the terrible fight. In the end the Graf Spee was demoralized. Her captain and crew scuttled their once proud warship to prevent her from falling into enemy hands.
Captain Langsdorff committed suicide. The remaining crew stood out the rest of the war in captivity in South America. The drama of the ship, her captain and her crew are a riveting story as well as a textbook example of naval warfare and diplomatic maneuvering.