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Scuttling of the Admiral Graf Spee by zulumike Scuttling of the Admiral Graf Spee by zulumike
December 17, 1939 - The German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled following the Battle of the River Plate. A Deutschland-class panzerschiffe (armored ship), Admiral Graf Spee was named for VAdm. Maximilian von Spee who had won the Battle of Coronel during World War I. Dubbed a "pocket battleship" by foreign navies due to its small size but potent punch, Admiral Graf Spee entered service in 1936 and took part in the non-intervention patrols off Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Sent to the South Atlantic in August 1939, it was in place to commence commerce raiding when World War II began on September 1. Attacking Allied shipping through the fall, Admiral Graf Spee was engaged by Cmde. Henry Harwood's Force G at the Battle of the River Plate on December 13. In the course of the fighting, the cruiser's fuel processing system was destroyed necessitating it to make port. Entering neutral Montevideo, Uruguay, Admiral Graf Spee became the center of a political controversy as British authorities lobbied to have it expelled before the repairs could be completed. With the Uruguayan government refusing to allow his ship to stay and having received false intelligence suggesting that a large British force was waiting at sea, Capt. Hans Langsdorff elected to scuttle Admiral Graf Spee in the River Plate on December 17 to spare the lives of his men. His actions were severely condemned by German leader Adolf Hitler and he committed suicide two days later.


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Graf Spee

Several hours of research for adding the bow of the ship. I wanted to present the full length of ship from bow to stern. See ref and my addition for completed ship. Also added the HMS Achilles, light cruiser in the background which took part in Battle of the river Plate. An interesting part of history, since England and Germany were not officially at war.

Sky, water, ships and fire painted with GIMP. Over (15) textured brushes used. Total time: 14 hrs. Thanks for Looking, Cheers, Mike
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fisher44 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
A fine work. The Battle of the River Plate was the baptism of fire for many men who formed the nucleus of the Royal New Zealand Navy when it was created in September 1941. Until then, it was the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

a nice tribute to the Royal New Zealand Navy, good to know.
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Kellyn87 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Hey that is very cool pic! I feel bad for her Captain. He was wrongfully branded a coward for not going out in a blaze of glory like Bismarck. But Langsdorff was a noble Captain who cared about his crew and the crews of the ships he sank. He was a very good man. RIP Captain Hans Langsdorff! Again good picture. Keep up the good work!
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AnthonyC12 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!
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Brit31 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A wonderful and poignant picture.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You
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Brit31 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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lisamarimer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Awesome!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You
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InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Saddening 
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VistaJet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
My mother saw the Spee on fire when she was 6 years old living in Buenos Aires.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks John, appreciate it.
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jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job Mike
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NicksDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very nice. Great job. I love the feeling of the scene.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
That is some stunning art you have made and one of my fave ships in history, too bad its history were short, in my opinion Langsdorff should had tried to break through and return to Germany but this was a case or moral: He thought the reports and propaganda from the brittish were true that they had a fleet waiting and scuttled the ship instead ahh well.
The idea of the pocket battleships is interesting :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Graf Spee was a modern high tech pocket battleship. The HMS Exeter was knocked with a direct hit. The captain of the HMS Achilles wondered why Langsdorf did not pursue the Ajax and Achilles, which were still vintage WW 1 ships. Further reading says that the Graf Spee did have major damage to its fuel system. Decisions of any battle are always criticized by the "experts".

Thanks for the feedback.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. Very interesting artwork. I love this style.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, fire and smoke is so dynamic in my opinion. There are millions of photos out there that tells the world's history, as artists we can tell a story from these photos.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Wow beautiful and the story behind it is rather interesting! Thanks for sharing!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the feedback.
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Nice.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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sed Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Well done!! :icontuxfellaplz:   
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Sed, I appreciate it.
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sed Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013   Digital Artist
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