Geopolitical & Socioeconomic

The Battle of the River Plate Revisited

  • SCI Belgrave Square, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London

The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13, 1939, when ships from the Royal Navy’s South American Division took on the might of Germany’s Graf Spee which had been attacking British merchant ships in the South Atlantic.

This event will mark the handing over of a bust of Dr Alberto Guani, former Uruguayan Vice-President, and Foreign Minister at the time that the Battle of the River Plate occurred, over to Ambassador Guani Amarilla, the current Uruguayan Ambassador to Germany.

There will also be a presentation about the Battle of the River Plate by Captain Stephen Harwood, the son of Comodore Henry Harwood who fought in the battle, as well as some words from journalist Andrew Thompson, who has lived in Uruguay. The event will be chaired by Tristan Millington-Drake, grandson of Sir Eugene Millington-Drake, British Minister to Uruguay during the battle.

The Battle of the River Plate took place on December 13, 1939, when ships from the Royal Navy’s South American Division took on the might of Germany’s Graf Spee which had been attacking British merchant ships in the South Atlantic.

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