34 The German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee, in flames off Montevideo, Uruguay on December 19, 1939. The crew of the Admiral Graf Spee had just engaged in the Battle of the River Plate, after three Royal Navy cruisers hunted it down and attacked. The damage from the attack did not sink the German battleship, but sent it to a harbor in Montevideo for repairs. Unable to stay long enough for repairs, and unwilling to run a waiting blockade, the crew of the Admiral Graf Spee sailed a short…
Announcement issued by the crew of the MS St. Louis to the passengers, informing them that no further news regarding their fate had been received. The German text reads: "Announcement! No message has yet arrived. The ship is cruising slowly between Havana and Miami.
The gunner, a Rottenfuhrer from ADV's "Nashorn Crew" has extinguished the fire and watches for further enemy activity with his Tamiya MP-38. It is a little unusual to see a crew member with a full beard, however almost all of the Germans here have had little time to shave as of late. The dangling leather strap is a strip of paper soaked in white glue with a brass wire made buckle. Note the scorching to the engine deck, and the shrapnel holes in the vent screening.
In June 1944, the U.S. Navy captured the German submarine U-505 off the coast of West Africa. To keep the Germans from discovering their codes had been compromised, the capture was kept a secret and the crew was hidden at Camp Ruston, a prisoner of war facility in North Louisiana. Their time is captivity is the subject of my upcoming book. The photo shows American sailors saving the U-boat from sinking.
A captured Mark IV in Berlin, during the military repression of the Spartacus league, within the German revolution, 1919. Nearly forty Mk. IV were captured during the course of the war, and pressed in service as "Beutepanzer Wagen" by the Germans, with big Malta crosses to prevent friendly fire. In some case, British armament was replaced by German guns and machine-guns, and the crew boosted to twelve.