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Here's to the Men Who Beat the Graf Spee

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  1. Jim

    Jim New Member

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    Shortly after the "Ajax" had berthed alongside the Wharf in Devonport Dockyard a number of her crew (Below) were allowed to go ashore. Here are some of them, all wearing the Victor's smile as becomes men who were privileged to take part in the splendid victory on the River Plate.

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    In accordance with tradition custom the order to "Splice the main brace" ran through the decks of the Victorious "Ajax" after she had dropped anchor in port, in other words, the men received a special issue of Rum. After the shipped docked Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth Alderman Modley, came aboard to congratulate Captain C.H.L Woodhouse, commander of the "Ajax" and his gallant ship's company.

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    Safe home after a two years service at sea crowned by the smashing defeat of the "Graf Spee" the "Ajax" docked at Devonport on February 1st 1940. Here are some of her men, (Below) standing before those 6-inch guns which they fought with such dash in the running fight of December 13th.

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    Sure bet that these sailors were on a high after such a battle, must of been great to be sat around a table listening to each sailors story of what they saw and to what part they played in the battle. Sadly there will be none of these sailors left to tell us this, due to the years added to thier life since this happened.
     

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