HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


FAQ 42

Films, DVDs and websites.


“The Battle of the River Plate” (1956); produced and directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. This film gives some misleading impressions for dramatic effect such as the OVEREMPHASIS of the spoof telephone calls but on the whole, the film is remarkably accurate.


BBC 2, Timewatch: “The Battle of the River Plate” (2006).

Graf Spee.  BBC, by David Howarth

The Battle of the River Plate for the Harwood family. Privately circulated. Available as above.


Websites and the Internet. – the website of the HMS Ajax and River Plate Veterans Association. – a website that displays a useful timeline of the battle.


Other information on the Internet.

In-putting of either “Graf Spee” or “River Plate Battle” brings up over 500 pages of interest, some duplicated. Like other information they are a mix of accurate and inaccurate information.