HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association



What were Commodore Harwood’s orders?


Commodore Harwood was ordered to protect allied shipping and intercept enemy shipping to the east of South America; a distance of 4000 miles from the Falkland Islands northwards to Pernambuco, Brazil. For this he had the cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMS Cumberland, comprising Hunting Group G, with the New Zealand-manned cruiser, HMS Achilles joining them on 26th October 1939.