HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


FAQ 30

What happened to Graf Spee’s crew after the scuttling?


They were taken to Buenos Aires in chartered craft and interned.  Some of the wounded who were still in hospital in Montevideo were interned in Uruguay. Later many of the officers escaped back to Germany and continued the war.


A substantial number of ratings remained in Argentina and Uruguay and became citizens of those countries.  Many married locally and their descendents form part of the German community today.