Great Sea Fights: The River Plate Part 3 – Analysis

December 2020

Graf Spee burning after the battle of the River PLate.

This episode finishes the first story in our new ‘Great Sea Fights’ series, exploring the fascinating story of the Battle of the River Plate, one of the most iconic battles of the Second World War. In this episode Dr Sam Willis speaks to Professor Eric Grove, author of The Price of Disobedience: The Battle of the River Plate Reconsidered  who offers an analysis of the battle. Why was the Graf Spee in South America? What were the tactical advantages of the German pocket battleship? How did the smaller, faster British ships maximise their capabilities? Why was the battle so important at the time and what was its longer-term legacy?

Listen to Part 1 – Introduction and The Dispatches

Listen to Part 2 – ‘The Dispatches Continued’