This Day in History: German pocket battleship/surface raider Graf Spee engages 3 RN cruisers in the Battle of the River Plate. Taking light damage herself (and dishing out severe damage), she sought sanctuary in the port of Montevideo (pictured).
Admiral Graf Spee participated in five international operations patrolling in Spanish waters from 1936 to 1938 because of the Spanish Civil War. On these photos the crew rest on the forecastle and around the forward 28 cm SK main turret.
USS Missouri (BB (left) transferring personnel to USS Iowa (BB while operating off Japan on August Both Battleships are now docked permanently as museums with the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor and the USS Iowa at the Port of Los Angeles.