Hitler Jugend and GRAF SPEE
Photo Album & Document Grouping - RARE
Graf Spee Crew Document
Very nice album containing 185 photos. Covers the man's service from when he was in the Hitler jugend through service in the KM as a crew member on the GRAF SPEE. Very good HJ photos - uniforms, insignias, flags, camping, ceremonies, vehicles, parades, high officials, BDM girls in uniform, then many good war ship photos from his time in the KM on the GRAF SPEE, original photo-card maps showing pre-war voyages on the Graf Spee, and ends with a VERY RARE original document as a crew member of the Graf Spee with original signature of Kommandant Commando Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee.
Admiral Graf Spee was deployed to the South Atlantic in the weeks before the outbreak of World War II, to be positioned in merchant sea lanes once war was declared. Between September and December 1939, the ship sank nine ships totaling 50,089 gross register tons (GRT), before being confronted by three British cruisers at the Battle of the River Plate on 13 December. Admiral Graf Spee inflicted heavy damage on the British ships, but she too was damaged, and was forced to put into port at Montevideo. Convinced by false reports of superior British naval forces approaching his ship, Hans Langsdorff, the commander of the ship, ordered the vessel to be scuttled. The ship was partially broken up in situ, though part of the ship remains visible above the surface of the water.