Scuttled - the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate
The Royal Navy and the Foreign Office were amazingly well prepared for tackling the feared German pocket battleships in South Atlantic in 1939. It had been a bad naval war so far with a battleship and an aircraft carrier lost to German naval action, but Commodore Harwood was able to give First Sea Lord Winston Churchill something to cheer about with the scuttling of the Graf Spee. Harwood was ably assisted on land by the charismatic Eugen Millington-Drake, the British Minister in Montevideo. Paul Beaver has researched both the 83-minute naval battle and the diplomatic action thoroughly; his conclusions add to our knowledge. He will also pose a few questions.
A curry supper is also available from the Apache Cafe at 6pm. Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.