Photo #: NH 51978
Admiral Graf Spee (German Armored Ship, 1936)
Photograph of the base of the main battery range finder, atop the ship's forward superstructure, with a sketch showing the arrangement of the range finder housing and its associated fire control platform. Note the identification of the ship's radar equipment as a "radio direction finder". Taken on board her wreck in the River Plate, near Montevideo, Uruguay, where she had been scuttled in December 1939.
Page from an intelligence report prepared by USS Helena (CL-50) during her shakedown cruise to South America. The photograph was taken on 2 February 1940 by Ensign Richard D. Sampson, USN. See Photo # NH 51978-A for a cropped version of this image, showing only the photograph.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 17 August 2006