Victory At Sea - Battle of the River Plate Battle Set


The Victory at Sea Battle Sets provide all the ships you need to fight the most famous clashes of World War II that raged across all the world's oceans. From the Battle of the River Plate to Leyte Gulf, these sets are the perfect introduction to Victory at Sea.

Cast in resin with metal 'details,' these models are 3D-designed to be extremely accurate 1/1800 scale representations of the fighting ships of World War II yet extremely easy for modeller's to work with. Supplied unpainted with integrated bases featuring realistic wakes, this range is being continually added to and will grow to become one of the most comprehensive available for the discerning model collector and gamer.


The Battle of the River Plate was the first naval clash of the Second World War, pitting the 'pocket battleship' Graf Spee against three cruisers of the Royal Navy.

After an exchange of gunfire with Ajax and Achilles, Graf Spee turned away to limp towards the neutral port of Montevideo. The British ships opted to shadow her, perhaps wondering why they had not been blown out of the water by what was still a superior warship.

The Graf Spee could not stay in Uruguay. It could not, fight its way clear of even Montevideo, let alone reach open seas, and now its captain, Hans Langsdorff believed there was a vastly superior British force waiting for him just beyond the horizon (an effect greatly encouraged by Ajax and Achilles making smoke which was clearly visible from the port).

With little choice, Langsdorff ordered the Graf Spee under way with just a skeleton crew and she sailed a little way down the River Plate before dropping anchor. A short while later, the Graf Spee blew herself up, intentionally scuttled by her crew.

Langsdorff and the remaining crew escaped south by boat to Buenos Aires (in Argentina, far more favourable towards Germany at the time). There, he shot himself.


SKU 22866
Barcode # 5060269352284

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