HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


FAQ 20

What were the Ships’ capabilities remaining after the action?


Graf Spee; one 5.9 inch gun destroyed, unable to launch torpedo attacks. She was short of ammunition for further prolonged fighting.  Out of 186 11 inch shells remaining, 170 were armour-piercing, best designed for use against heavy armoured ships and were liable to pass straight through lightly armoured ships such as Ajax and Achilles without exploding.


HMS Exeter; all armament out of action.


HMS Ajax; four out of eight 6 inch guns not working (at one point only 3 guns were working but this was fixed); 4 torpedoes remaining.


HMS Achilles; all guns working; all 8 torpedoes remaining.