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World War 2 Plus 55 - 14 October 1939
Graf Spee's Capt. Hans Langsdorff orders the British ship sprayed with machine-gun fire.
continues, "Are any of your crew hurt?
War is war, Captain."
writes in his
log, "With commendable courage the enemy radio operator attempted to transmit the alarm report…No acknowledgements heard aboard Spee.
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Captain Hans Langsdorff (1894-1939) --Commander of the German Pocket Battleship, the Admiral Graf Spee
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Hans Langsdorff, captain of the Admiral Graf Spee
Town to recognize German Commander with Street Dedication Ceremony
Ajax Mayor Steve Parish and members of Council will be conducting a special street dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 6 at noon on Langsdorff Drive in honour of the late Captain Hans Langsdorff.
The street will be formally dedicated by Mrs. Inge Nedden, Captain Langsdorff's daughter, who is currently visiting Ajax from Germany.
Captain Langsdorff was the Commander of The Admiral Graf Spee, the German Pocket Battleship that engaged HMS Ajax, HMS Exeter and HMS Achilles at the Battle of the River Plate.
The Battle took place from December 13 to 19, 1939 near the Uruguayan port of Montevideo in South America, and was the first significant British naval victory of World War II.
"This street dedication is very unique in that this is the only street in Ajax named after a German veteran," said Mayor Steve Parish
"The Town of Ajax
has a policy of naming its streets after the crew members who served on the Ajax, Achilles and Exeter at the Battle of the River Plate, however, Captain Langsdorff
was, and still is, highly respected by both sides for his
honourable conduct at the Battle."
A number of years ago, a request was made of Ajax Council
to consider naming a street after Captain Langsdorff
In 1939, German Captain Hans ...
In 1939, German Captain Hans Langsdorff, sorrowing over the loss Sunday of his prized battleship, the Graf Spee, shot himself to death with a revolver.
The German embassy at Buenos Aires, announcing his suicide, said his body was found this morning.
Langsdorff, the embassy said, took his life at the Navel arsenal at Buenos Aires the past night.
"He sacrificed his life for the fatherland," said an embassy communique.
"The commander of the glorious pocket battleship, Captain Hans Langsdorff, sacrificed himself voluntarily as he himself told in a letter addressed to the German ambassador.