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?''Admiral Graf Spee'' belonged to a class of unique ships that combined the features of both a battleship and a cruiser. The German Navy officially classified her as a cruiser. Armed with 283mm main guns, the ship was superior to any light or heavy cruiser of her time and was only slightly inferior to them in terms of speed.+''Admiral Graf Spee'' belonged to a class of unique ships that combined the features of both a battleship and a cruiser. The German Navy officially classified her as a cruiser. Armed with 283mm main guns, the ship was superior to any light or heavy cruiser of her time and was only slightly inferior to them in terms of speed.<br><br> ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was first released for sale on 22 December 2016 for the NA server and 23 December 2016 for the EU server.<br><br>{{Model3DViewer|c0870fe0ffc04bb5b5dee2ee474c4579}}
  
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 ''Admiral Graf Spee'' is a premium Tier VI German cruiser that straddles the line with battleships in several ways. Most notably, her main battery is comprised of 283mm guns: the same caliber as Tier III battleship ''[[Nassau]]'' and Tier VII battleship ''[[Scharnhorst]]''. With an alpha damage of 8,400 per shell and a 20 second reload time, the guns perform exceptionally well against lightly-armored enemy units. As a cruiser, her version of the 283mm guns seem to have much tighter dispersion patterns than ''Scharnhorst'', rewarding accurate shell placement; unfortunately, with only six barrels total, bad dispersion can still ruin what would appear to be a well-aimed salvo.  ''Admiral Graf Spee'' is a premium Tier VI German cruiser that straddles the line with battleships in several ways. Most notably, her main battery is comprised of 283mm guns: the same caliber as Tier III battleship ''[[Nassau]]'' and Tier VII battleship ''[[Scharnhorst]]''. With an alpha damage of 8,400 per shell and a 20 second reload time, the guns perform exceptionally well against lightly-armored enemy units. As a cruiser, her version of the 283mm guns seem to have much tighter dispersion patterns than ''Scharnhorst'', rewarding accurate shell placement; unfortunately, with only six barrels total, bad dispersion can still ruin what would appear to be a well-aimed salvo.
  
?Her other battleship-like characteristic is her access to the [[Ship:Consumables#Repair Party|Repair Party]] consumable, normally reserved for Tier IX and X cruisers. ''Spee'' will need the extra health, as her maneuverability is far below most cruisers (but still better than many battleships). Like other Tier VI cruisers, she receives the option of equipping either [[Ship:Consumables#Defensive AA Fire|Defensive AA Fire]] or [[Ship:Consumables#Hydroacoustic Search|Hydroacoustic Search]]. ''Spee''’s last major unique characteristic is her torpedoes. Unlike the rest of the German cruiser line — and the German battleships with them — ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s torpedoes have a range of 8.0 km instead of 6.0 km, allowing captains to surprise enemies who may believe they are safely outside her torpedo range and providing a bit more flexibility in their use. +Her other battleship-like characteristic is her access to the {{Repair Party}} consumable, normally reserved for Tier IX and X cruisers. ''Spee'' will need the extra health, as her maneuverability is far below most cruisers (but still better than many battleships). Like other Tier VI cruisers, she receives the option of equipping either {{Defensive AA Fire}} or {{Hydroacoustic Search}}. ''Spee''’s last major unique characteristic is her torpedoes. Unlike the rest of the German cruiser line — and the German battleships with them — ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s torpedoes have a range of 8.0 km instead of 6.0 km, allowing captains to surprise enemies who may believe they are safely outside her torpedo range and providing a bit more flexibility in their use.
  
 While ''Admiral Graf Spee'' is big and bulky, she is armored in a similar fashion to the rest of her cruiser classmates; she takes lots of damage and mistakes in positioning her will be quickly punished. ''Spee'' is not a ship for the un-skilled, but is a powerful tool in the hands of players who know how to minimize their exposure enemy fire and mitigate incoming damage. While ''Admiral Graf Spee'' is big and bulky, she is armored in a similar fashion to the rest of her cruiser classmates; she takes lots of damage and mistakes in positioning her will be quickly punished. ''Spee'' is not a ship for the un-skilled, but is a powerful tool in the hands of players who know how to minimize their exposure enemy fire and mitigate incoming damage.
  
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?*Largest health pool of all Tier VI cruisers.+* Largest health pool of all Tier 6 cruisers
?*Access to the [[Ship:Consumables#Repair_Party|Repair Party]] consumable, giving her surprising durability.+* Largest guns of all Tier 6 cruiser with high AP penetration and damage, enough to be a threat to battleships
?*Good mid-range torpedoes with excelling firing angles.+* Excellent turret traverse speed for such large guns
?*Decent anti-aircraft suite.+* Good torpedoes with good range and wide firing arcs
?*Largest guns of any cruiser with high penetration and alpha damage.+* Very good torpedo protection for a cruiser
?*Surprising turret traverse speed.+* Decent AA suite
?*Very high torpedo damage reduction for a cruiser, although this is an extremely situational advantage.+* Access to several useful consumables, including {{Repair Party}}
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?*Only two turrets of three guns, which means getting all guns on target can leave ''Spee''’s broadside vulnerable to return fire.+* Only six rifles in two turrets, poor DPM
?*Despite having the largest guns of all cruisers, she has poor DPM and accuracy. +* Bad main battery firing arcs (better when angling/kiting away)
?*Torpedo tubes easily knocked out.+* Very poor reload speed for a cruiser
?*Second slowest firing cruiser in game (only ''[[Furutaka]]''’s stock guns are worse).+* Underwhelming HE performance, low damage and poor fire chance
?*Slowest of all Tier VI cruisers.+* Slowest Tier 6 cruiser
 +* Worst accuracy of all Tier 6 cruisers
 +* Fires and floods last longer compared to standard cruisers
  
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?The upgrade options available for ''Admiral Graf Spee'' won't radically alter how she plays, but they can be used to help shore up some of her weaker attributes. Main Armaments Modification 1 is the best fit for [[Ship:Upgrades#Tier_I.2B_Equipment_.28Slot_1.29|Upgrade Slot 1]]; with only two main battery turrets on a relatively slow reload, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' shares ''[[Dunkerque]]''’s vulnerability to turret-disabling hits. Damage Control System Modification 1 should be plugged into [[Ship:Upgrades#Tier_III.2B_Equipment_.28Slot_4.29|Upgrade Slot 4]], while Steering Gears Modification 2 is recommended in [[Ship:Upgrades#Tier_VI.2B_Equipment_.28Slot_5.29|Upgrade Slot 5]] to improve her handling characteristics. +The recommended upgrades for ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' are as follows:
 +* '''Slot 1''': {{Main Armaments Modification 1}}
 +* '''Slot 2''': {{Damage Control System Modification 1}}
 +* '''Slot 3''': {{Aiming Systems Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki>
 +* '''Slot 4''': {{Steering Gears Modification 2}}
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 +The upgrade options available for ''Admiral Graf Spee'' won't radically alter how she plays, but they can be used to help shore up some of her weaker attributes. '''Main Armaments Modification 1''' is the best fit for '''Upgrade Slot 1'''; with only two main battery turrets on a relatively slow reload, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' shares ''[[Dunkerque]]''’s vulnerability to turret-disabling hits. '''Damage Control System Modification 1''' should be plugged into '''Upgrade Slot 2''', while '''Steering Gears Modification 2''' is recommended in '''Upgrade Slot 4''' to improve her handling characteristics.
  
?This leaves only [[Ship:Upgrades#Tier_V.2B_Equipment_.28Slot_2.29|Upgrade Slot 2]], which offers some intriguing options. Particularly daring cruiser captains might wish to equip Secondary Battery Modification 2; coupled with the German [[Ship:Consumables#Hydroacoustic Search|Hydroacoustic Search]], this would allow them to aggressively close with enemy cruisers and destroyers. It's a risky tactic given her relatively light armor scheme, but might pay off in certain situations given ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s healthy secondary armament. Either Aiming Systems Modification 1 or AA Guns Modification 2 are safer bets, offering small but notable buffs to her dispersion and anti-aircraft bubble, respectively. Even Main Battery Modification 2 is a reasonable choice, increasing her reload speed by a full second, but improving her turret traverse. Captains are recommended to choose what they feel will best fit their play style for the ship.+This leaves only '''Upgrade Slot 3''', which offers some intriguing options. Particularly daring cruiser captains might wish to equip {{Secondary Battery Modification 2}}; coupled with the German {{Hydroacoustic Search}}, this would allow them to aggressively close with enemy cruisers and destroyers. It's a risky tactic given her relatively light armor scheme, but might pay off in certain situations given ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s healthy secondary armament. Either '''Aiming Systems Modification 1''' or {{AA Guns Modification 1}} are safer bets, offering small but notable buffs to her dispersion and anti-aircraft bubble, respectively. Captains are recommended to choose what they feel will best fit their play style for the ship.
  
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?| Expert Loader=1+| Priority Target = 3
?| Basic Firing Training=2+| Preventative Maintenance = 2
?| Basics of Survivability=3+| Expert Loader = 1
?| Expert Rear Gunner=+| Aircraft Servicing Expert =
 +| Direction Center for Catapult Aircraft =
 +| Dogfighting Expert =
 +| Incoming Fire Alert = 1
 +| Evasive Maneuver =
  
?| Expert Marksman=3+| High Alert = 1
?| Torpedo Armament Expertise=1+| Jack of All Trades = 1
?| Fire Prevention=1+| Expert Marksman = 2
?| Incoming Fire Alert=1+| Torpedo Acceleration =
?| Last Stand=2+| Smoke Screen Expert =
 +| Expert Rear Gunner =
 +| Adrenaline Rush = 2
 +| Last Stand = 2
  
?| Torpedo Acceleration=1+| Basics of Survivability = 2
?| High Alert=2+| Survivability Expert =
?| Vigilance=2+| Torpedo Armament Expertise =
?| Dogfighting Expert=+| Emergency Takeoff =
?| Superintendent=3+| Basic Firing Training = 1
 +| Superintendent = 3
 +| Demolition Expert = 1
 +| Vigilance = 1
  
?| Demolition Expert=3+| Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament =
?| Advanced Firing Training=2+| Fire Prevention = 1
?| Survivability Expert=1+| Inertia Fuse for HE Shells =
?| Aircraft Servicing Expert=+| Air Supremacy =
?| Manual Fire Control for AA Armament=2+| Advanced Firing Training = 2
? +| Manual Fire Control for AA Armament =
?| Last Chance=1+| Radio Position Finding =
?| Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament=2+| Concealment Expert = 3
?| Preventative Maintenance=2+
?| Concealment Expert=3+
?| Air Supremacy=+
?| Jack of All Trades=2+
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?A ship of ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s size is going to find herself under quite a bit of incoming fire, making both [[Ship:Consumables#Damage Control Party|Damage Control Party II]] and [[Ship:Consumables#Repair Party|Repair Party II]] worthwhile investments in credits (or doubloons). The choice between [[Ship:Consumables#Defensive AA Fire|Defensive AA Fire]] and [[Ship:Consumables#Hydroacoustic Search|Hydroacoustic Search]] is not an easy one; the former offers high resistance to aerial assault, while the latter provides large periods of time where ''Admiral Graf Spee'' would be effectively immune to long-range torpedo strikes. Given her size and handling characteristics, both are good options; captains will have to make this choice for themselves based on which they fear more: carriers or destroyers. +''{{#var:ship_name}}'' can equip the following consumables:
 +* '''Slot 1:''' {{Damage Control Party}}
 +* '''Slot 2:''' {{Defensive AA Fire}} '''or''' {{Hydroacoustic Search}}
 +* '''Slot 3:''' {{Catapult Fighter}}
 +* '''Slot 4:''' {{Repair Party}}
  
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?''Admiral Graf Spee'' is a tad on the slow side for a cruiser; this can be helped by equipping a Sierra Mike [[Ship:Flags#Signals|signal]] to bump her top speed to 29.9 knots. Other flags worth considering are: Mike Yankee Soxsix for captains who went with a secondary battery build; India Delta to get the most out of her [[Ship:Consumables#Repair Party|Repair Party]]; November Foxtrot to improve the cooldown times on her various consumables; and India Yankee to further increase her survivability.+''Admiral Graf Spee'' is a tad on the slow side for a cruiser; this can be helped by equipping Sierra Mike ({{Sierra Mike|Size=18px}}) to bump her top speed to 29.9 knots. Other flags worth considering are: Mike Yankee Soxisix ({{Mike Yankee Soxisix|Size=18px}}) for captains who went with a secondary battery build; India Delta ({{India Delta|Size=18px}}) to get the most out of her {{Repair Party}}; November Foxtrot ({{November Foxtrot|Size=18px}}) to improve the cooldown times on her various consumables; and India Yankee ({{India Yankee|Size=18px}}) to further increase her survivability.
  
 {{Signal Flags {{Signal Flags
 +| November Echo Setteseven = 2
 +| Mike Yankee Soxisix = 1
 +| India X-Ray =
 +| Juliet Yankee Bissotwo =
 +| Victor Lima =
 | Hotel Yankee = 1 | Hotel Yankee = 1
?| Juliet Charlie = 1+ 
 | November Foxtrot = 2 | November Foxtrot = 2
?| Zulu = 2+| Sierra Mike = 3
?| Juliet Yankee Bissotwo = +
 | India Delta = 3 | India Delta = 3
 +| Juliet Whiskey Unaone = 1
 +| India Yankee = 3
 +| Juliet Charlie = 1
  
?| India Yankee = 2+| Zulu = 2
?| November Echo Setteseven = 1+| India Bravo Terrathree =
 +| Equal Speed Charlie London =
 | Zulu Hotel = 2 | Zulu Hotel = 2
?| India Bravo Terrathree = +| Papa Papa = 1
?| Sierra Mike = 3+
?| Victor Lima = +
  
?| Mike Yankee Soxisix = 1+| Wyvern = 2
?| Papa Papa = +| Red Dragon =
?| India X-Ray = +| Dragon Flag = 3
?| Equal Speed Charlie London = +| Ouroboros = 1
?| Juliet Whiskey Unaone = 1+| Hydra = 2
?| Dragon Flag = 2+
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 File:GrafSpeeFuso.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' runs down an enemy ''[[Fuso]]'' class battleship. File:GrafSpeeFuso.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' runs down an enemy ''[[Fuso]]'' class battleship.
 File:GrafSpeeMyoko.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' penetrates an enemy ''[[Myoko]]''-class cruiser. File:GrafSpeeMyoko.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' penetrates an enemy ''[[Myoko]]''-class cruiser.
 +File:PCEE061_Graf_Spee.png|[[Ship:Flags#List of Ship Flags|Flag]] of ''Graf Spee''. Given to players who purchased a special bundle containing ''Admiral Graf Spee''.
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?:Wilhelmshaven Navy Yard; Wilhelmshaven, Germany+===Construction===
 +:Builder: Wilhelmshaven Navy Yard; Wilhelmshaven, Germany
 :Laid down: 1 October 1932 :Laid down: 1 October 1932
 :Launched: 30 June 1934 :Launched: 30 June 1934
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? +[[File:Graf_Spee_at_Spithead_2.jpg|none|frame|x270px|link=|''Admiral Graf Spee'' at Spithead, England for the Coronation Review of King George VI, 20 May 1937.]]
 ===History=== ===History===
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?Commissioned in January 1936, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' conducted trials before being made fleet flagship. Her first notable duty was participation in the neutrality patrol off Spanish waters after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in the summer of 1936. Conducting three such patrols through early 1937, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was then assigned to represent Germany for the coronation of King George VI in May 1937. She then returned to neutrality patrols off Spain, performing two more, before returning to Germany in early 1938. ''Admiral Graf Spee'' then embarked on a series of port calls in Portugal and Spain, as well as transporting Adolf Hitler to Memel to inaugurate the integration of that city into the German Reich. The remainder of her peacetime service was spent participating in fleet maneuvers until late August, 1939.+Commissioned in January 1936, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' conducted trials before being made fleet flagship. Her first notable duty was participation in the neutrality patrol off Spanish waters after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in the summer of 1936. Conducting three such patrols through early 1937, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was then assigned to represent Germany for the coronation of King George VI in May 1937. She then returned to neutrality patrols off Spain, performing two more, before returning to Germany in early 1938. ''Admiral Graf Spee'' then embarked on a series of port calls in Portugal and Spain, as well as transporting Adolf Hitler to Memel to inaugurate the integration of that city into the German Reich. The remainder of her peacetime service was spent participating in fleet maneuvers until late August, 1939.
  
 ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was pre-positioned to the Central Atlantic in the week before the declaration of war against Poland with orders to engage in commerce raiding. She was to adhere to prize rules (capture ships and evacuate crew if possible, sink targets only if resistance was given) and range freely while avoiding interception by enemy warships. ''Admiral Graf Spee'', operating with ''Altmark'' as her supply and holding ship for prisoners of war, would prove to be an exceedingly capable raider of shipping. From late September through mid-December 1939, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' would operate in the South Atlantic and Southern Indian Ocean, capturing and sinking nine merchant ships as well as sparking an enormous hunt, to eventually include over 30 warships from Britain and France. ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was pre-positioned to the Central Atlantic in the week before the declaration of war against Poland with orders to engage in commerce raiding. She was to adhere to prize rules (capture ships and evacuate crew if possible, sink targets only if resistance was given) and range freely while avoiding interception by enemy warships. ''Admiral Graf Spee'', operating with ''Altmark'' as her supply and holding ship for prisoners of war, would prove to be an exceedingly capable raider of shipping. From late September through mid-December 1939, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' would operate in the South Atlantic and Southern Indian Ocean, capturing and sinking nine merchant ships as well as sparking an enormous hunt, to eventually include over 30 warships from Britain and France.
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 ​Fortunately for ''Admiral Graf Spee'', of the 30 ships dispatched to search for her, including four aircraft carriers, two battleships and a battlecruiser, her first and final true battle would pit her only against the light cruisers HMS ''Ajax'', HMNZS ''Achilles'' and the heavy cruiser HMS ''Exeter''. Here, ''Graf Spee'' lived up to the slogan of "outrun anything she can't outgun, and outgun anything she can't outrun"; ''Ajax'', ''Achilles'' and ''Exeter'' were all faster than ''Graf Spee'', but she had far larger guns than what the trio of cruisers carried. This encounter between the three cruisers and ''Graf Spee'' would come to be known as the Battle of the River Plate. ​Fortunately for ''Admiral Graf Spee'', of the 30 ships dispatched to search for her, including four aircraft carriers, two battleships and a battlecruiser, her first and final true battle would pit her only against the light cruisers HMS ''Ajax'', HMNZS ''Achilles'' and the heavy cruiser HMS ''Exeter''. Here, ''Graf Spee'' lived up to the slogan of "outrun anything she can't outgun, and outgun anything she can't outrun"; ''Ajax'', ''Achilles'' and ''Exeter'' were all faster than ''Graf Spee'', but she had far larger guns than what the trio of cruisers carried. This encounter between the three cruisers and ''Graf Spee'' would come to be known as the Battle of the River Plate.
  
?At 05:52 on 13 December 1939, lookouts onboard ''Graf Spee'' spotted two tall masts on the horizon. By 06:00, ''Kapitän zur See'' Hans Langsdorff's crew identified one of the ships as HMS ''Exeter'', and decided to attack. ''Graf Spee''’s engines were pushed to full speed, creating a towering pillar of clearly visible black smoke, and the three cruisers saw her position. The battle truly begun at 06:17 when ''Graf Spee'' fired her first salvo on ''Exeter'', hitting home amidships and dealing a great amount of damage to the ship's wheelhouse and killing all but 3 officers inside. At 06:23, her third salvo hit ''Exeter'' again, killing some of the ship's torpedo crews, damaging her communications, tearing holes in the funnels and destroying searchlights and the ship's on-board Walrus aircraft. Three minutes later, ''Exeter'' suffered further severe damage when her 'B' turret took a direct hit, taking the entire turret out of action. ''Exeter'' attempted to return fire, dealing minor damage, and ''Admiral Graf Spee'' dodged a torpedo salvo fired in anger by the surviving torpedo crews onboard ''Exeter''.+At 05:52 on 13 December 1939, lookouts onboard ''Graf Spee'' spotted two tall masts on the horizon. By 06:00, ''Kapitän zur See'' Hans Langsdorff's crew identified one of the ships as HMS ''Exeter'', and decided to attack. ''Graf Spee''’s engines were pushed to full speed, creating a towering pillar of clearly visible black smoke, and the three cruisers saw her position. The battle truly begun at 06:17 when ''Graf Spee'' fired her first salvo on ''Exeter'', hitting home amidships and dealing significant damage to the ship's wheelhouse and killing all but 3 officers inside. At 06:23, her third salvo hit ''Exeter'' again, killing some of the ship's torpedo crews, damaging her communications, tearing holes in the funnels and destroying searchlights and the ship's on-board Walrus aircraft. Three minutes later, ''Exeter'' suffered further severe damage when her 'B' turret took a direct hit, taking the entire turret out of action. ''Exeter'' attempted to return fire, dealing minor damage, and ''Admiral Graf Spee'' dodged a torpedo salvo fired in anger by the surviving torpedo crews on board ''Exeter''.
  
?Meanwhile, ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' had initially stayed back and took a different course in an attempt to split ''Graf Spee''’s fire. This plan worked briefly as, at 06:30, ''Graf Spee'' focused her 15cm secondary batteries on the pursuing light cruisers, but her fearsome 283mm guns stayed locked on to HMS ''Exeter''. At 06:38, ''Exeter'' turned so she could fire her port torpedo tubes at ''Graf Spee'', but she received 2 more direct 283mm shell hits; one knocked out her 'A' turret, further reducing the ship's firepower, while the other penetrated the ship's hull and started internal fires. ''Exeter''’s wounds at this point were severe: two of her three turrets had been knocked out, her sole operational turret firing under local control (''Exeter''’s gunnery officer was standing on the turret roof and shouting instructions from there), and she was developing a list due to flooding. However, by sheer luck, ''Exeter''’s engines took little to no damage in the engagement, and her 'Y' turret scored what proved to be a decisive hit: one of her 8-inch shells penetrated two levels of ''Graf Spee''’s decks and exploded in the funnel area, destroying her raw fuel processing equipment and leaving her with only 16 hours of fuel — an insufficient amount to make it home — with damage too complex to repair under fire. ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' continued to pepper ''Graf Spee'' with fire while closing in from the northeast, but from such ranges that their 6-inch guns struggled to deal anything more than minor damage.+Meanwhile, ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' had initially stayed back and took a different course in an attempt to split ''Graf Spee''’s fire. This plan worked briefly as, at 06:30, ''Graf Spee'' focused her 15cm secondary batteries on the pursuing light cruisers, but her fearsome 283mm guns stayed locked on to HMS ''Exeter''. At 06:38, ''Exeter'' turned so she could fire her port torpedo tubes at ''Graf Spee'', but she received 2 more direct 283mm shell hits; one knocked out her 'A' turret, further reducing the ship's firepower, while the other penetrated the ship's hull and started internal fires. ''Exeter''’s wounds at this point were severe: two of her three turrets had been knocked out, her sole operational turret firing under local control (''Exeter''’s gunnery officer was standing on the turret roof and shouting instructions from there), and she was developing a list due to flooding. However, by sheer luck, ''Exeter''’s engines took little to no damage in the engagement, and her 'Y' turret scored what proved to be a decisive hit: one of her 8-inch shells penetrated two levels of ''Graf Spee''’s decks and exploded in the funnel area, destroying her raw fuel processing equipment and leaving her with only 16 hours of fuel — an insufficient amount to make it home — with damage too complex to repair under fire. ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' continued to pepper ''Graf Spee'' with fire while closing in from the northeast, but from such ranges that their 6-inch guns struggled to deal anything more than minor damage.
  
?By 06:50 ''Exeter'' was listing heavily to starboard and barely in the fight, but she continued to steam at full speed and fire upon at ''Admiral Graf Spee'' with her single working turret. At 07:10, ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' had drawn close to ''Graf Spee'', and ''KzS'' Langsdorff's attention was drawn to the two light cruisers as they attempted to distance themselves. By 07:16, however, ''Graf Spee''’s course was parallel to that of ''Exeter'', and ''Graf Spee''’s focus again turned to the badly damaged heavy cruiser. Heavier fire from ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' re-focused ''Spee''’s attention back on the light cruisers, and she opened fire on them with her 283mm guns. Again, ''Graf Spee'' proved her accuracy, and at 07:25 ''Ajax'' suffered a direct hit that knocked out her 'X' turret and jammed her 'Y' turret, effectively halving the ship's firepower in a single strike. ''Exeter'' maintained fire on ''Graf Spee'', and around 07:40 Langsdorff returned his focus to ''Exeter''; a near-miss short-circuited the electronics of her sole operational turret, causing the now completely disarmed ''Exeter'' to finally break off from the battle. ''Graf Spee'' again attempted to pursue the ship, but ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' managed to distract ''Graf Spee'' long enough for ''Exeter'' to make good her escape.+By 06:50 ''Exeter'' was listing heavily to starboard and barely in the fight, but she continued to steam at full speed and fire upon at ''Admiral Graf Spee'' with her single working turret. At 07:10, ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' had drawn close to ''Graf Spee'', and ''KzS'' Langsdorff's attention was drawn to the two light cruisers as they attempted to distance themselves. By 07:16, however, ''Graf Spee''’s course was parallel to that of ''Exeter'', and ''Graf Spee''’s focus again turned to the badly damaged heavy cruiser. Heavier fire from ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' re-focused ''Spee''’s attention back on the light cruisers, and she opened fire on them with her 283mm guns. Again, ''Graf Spee'' proved her accuracy, and at 07:25 ''Ajax'' suffered a direct hit that knocked out her 'X' turret and jammed her 'Y' turret, effectively halving the ship's firepower in a single strike. ''Exeter'' maintained fire on ''Graf Spee'', and around 07:40 Langsdorff returned his focus to ''Exeter''; a near-miss short-circuited the electronics of her sole operational turret, causing the now completely disarmed ''Exeter'' to finally break off from the battle. ''Graf Spee'' again attempted to pursue the ship, but ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' managed to distract ''Graf Spee'' long enough for ''Exeter'' to make good her escape.
  
?At this point, had she so chosen, ''Graf Spee'' could have easily dispatched the pair of already damaged light cruisers still hounding her and then set out to finish off ''Exeter'', but ''KzS'' Langsdorff made the most crucial decision of the battle: despite ''Graf Spee'' having suffered little severe damage — the only notable damage she'd taken was a six-foot wide hole in the bow that was well above the waterline and two of her secondary guns had been knocked offline — the loss of her fuel processing equipment worried Langsdorff so greatly that he chose to break off from the battle and sail to the neutral port of Montevideo, Uruguay. Of the three ships that she engaged, only one of them was in a good enough shape to pose a threat to ''Graf Spee'', and that was only if she scored a lucky torpedo hit. ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' attempted to pursue ''Graf Spee'' at a safe distance, to make sure she was going to port. However, even then ''Graf Spee'' still posed a threat, for at 10:10 ''Achilles'' drew too close to the panzerschiffe, and was nearly hit by a 283mm salvo. The occasional salvo was exchanged between the three ships as ''Graf Spee'' steamed for Montevideo for the rest of the day. Once it became clear that she was entering port, ''Achilles'' broke off and took watch over the River Plate with ''Ajax'', as the Battle of the River Plate ended.+At this point, had she so chosen, ''Graf Spee'' could have easily dispatched the pair of already damaged light cruisers still hounding her and then set out to finish off ''Exeter'', but ''KzS'' Langsdorff made the most crucial decision of the battle: despite ''Graf Spee'' having suffered little severe damage — the only notable damage she'd taken was a six-foot wide hole in the bow that was well above the waterline and two of her secondary guns had been knocked offline — the loss of her fuel processing equipment worried Langsdorff so greatly that he chose to break off from the battle and sail to the neutral port of Montevideo, Uruguay. Of the three ships that she engaged, only one of them was in a good enough shape to pose a threat to ''Graf Spee'', and that was only if she scored a lucky torpedo hit. ''Ajax'' and ''Achilles'' attempted to pursue ''Graf Spee'' at a safe distance, to make sure she was going to port. However, even then ''Graf Spee'' still posed a threat, for at 10:10 ''Achilles'' drew too close to the panzerschiffe, and was nearly hit by a 283mm salvo. The occasional salvo was exchanged between the three ships as ''Graf Spee'' steamed for Montevideo for the rest of the day. Once it became clear that she was entering port, ''Achilles'' broke off and took watch over the entrance to the River Plate with ''Ajax'', as the Battle of the River Plate drew to a close.
  
 Over the next several days, ''KzS'' Langsdorff was made to believe that a enormous British fleet was heading for him, when, in reality, no such force existed. It was a carefully-crafted deception by the Royal Navy that was at least partly true: a British cruiser squadron was being reinforced immediately with the heavy cruiser HMS ''Cumberland''; the battlecruiser HMS ''Renown'' and the aircraft carrier HMS ''Ark Royal'' were to arrive in the area by 19 December; three more cruisers plus a destroyer division were on the way. It is likely that had ''Graf Spee'' chosen to fight her way out of Montevideo, these remaining Royal Navy units wouldn't have made it in time, as Langsdorff had initially planned to leave by the 17th at the latest. However, Langsdorff believed if he ran into any more ships he may not make it out alive — during the Battle of the River Plate he'd been wounded twice and knocked unconscious, and the ship had spent over 50% of her 283mm ammunition — and he thought he was facing at least a battlecruiser, an aircraft carrier, three or four cruisers, and a destroyer flotilla. He messaged Berlin asking for advice, whether to allow the ship to be interned or scuttled, and was told that the best option was to fight his way out, or — if he had no other choice — to scuttle the ship. Faced with daunting odds — including a battlecruiser that was one of the few ships that could outrun '''and''' outgun ''Graf Spee'' — Langsdorff opted to scuttle his ship. At 19:01 on 17 December, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' sailed out into the estuary of the Plate, with most of her surviving crew aboard the German steamship ''Tacoma'' behind her. At 19:56, smoke was seen rising from ''Graf Spee'', just before an enormous explosion occurred that was designed to be as dramatic as possible. The surviving crew of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' were taken south to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where ''Kapitän zur See'' Hans Langsdorff committed suicide on 19 December. Langsdorff and the other German dead were buried in Buenos Aires; his remaining crew were interned there for the duration of the war. In the end, the loss of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was a major propaganda victory for the British and French (and a publicly embarrassing event for the Germans, particularly the Kriegsmarine); Langsdorff's decision to scuttle the ship is said to have enraged Adolf Hitler.  Over the next several days, ''KzS'' Langsdorff was made to believe that a enormous British fleet was heading for him, when, in reality, no such force existed. It was a carefully-crafted deception by the Royal Navy that was at least partly true: a British cruiser squadron was being reinforced immediately with the heavy cruiser HMS ''Cumberland''; the battlecruiser HMS ''Renown'' and the aircraft carrier HMS ''Ark Royal'' were to arrive in the area by 19 December; three more cruisers plus a destroyer division were on the way. It is likely that had ''Graf Spee'' chosen to fight her way out of Montevideo, these remaining Royal Navy units wouldn't have made it in time, as Langsdorff had initially planned to leave by the 17th at the latest. However, Langsdorff believed if he ran into any more ships he may not make it out alive — during the Battle of the River Plate he'd been wounded twice and knocked unconscious, and the ship had spent over 50% of her 283mm ammunition — and he thought he was facing at least a battlecruiser, an aircraft carrier, three or four cruisers, and a destroyer flotilla. He messaged Berlin asking for advice, whether to allow the ship to be interned or scuttled, and was told that the best option was to fight his way out, or — if he had no other choice — to scuttle the ship. Faced with daunting odds — including a battlecruiser that was one of the few ships that could outrun '''and''' outgun ''Graf Spee'' — Langsdorff opted to scuttle his ship. At 19:01 on 17 December, ''Admiral Graf Spee'' sailed out into the estuary of the Plate, with most of her surviving crew aboard the German steamship ''Tacoma'' behind her. At 19:56, smoke was seen rising from ''Graf Spee'', just before an enormous explosion occurred that was designed to be as dramatic as possible. The surviving crew of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' were taken south to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where ''Kapitän zur See'' Hans Langsdorff committed suicide on 19 December. Langsdorff and the other German dead were buried in Buenos Aires; his remaining crew were interned there for the duration of the war. In the end, the loss of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was a major propaganda victory for the British and French (and a publicly embarrassing event for the Germans, particularly the Kriegsmarine); Langsdorff's decision to scuttle the ship is said to have enraged Adolf Hitler.
  
?The Battle of the River Plate is known as the first naval battle of the Second World War: an era which ushered in countless technological advances to naval technology, several of which had their first true tests in combat in the south Atlantic off the coast of Uruguay.+The Battle of the River Plate is known as the first naval battle of the Second World War: an era which ushered in countless technological advances to naval technology, several of which had their first true tests in combat in the South Atlantic off the coast of Uruguay.
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 +===Historical Inaccuracies===
 +* Arado Ar 196 spotter plane is missing.
 +* Catapult fighter appears to be a Henschel Hs 123, which was actually a dive bomber and close-support attack aircraft. No float plane version of this aircraft existed.
 +* ''Graf Spee''’s main and secondary gun turrets were actually camouflaged.
  
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 File:587710WNGER_11_52_skc28_Graf_Spee_forward_pic.jpg|Close-up view of ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s forward 283mm turret. File:587710WNGER_11_52_skc28_Graf_Spee_forward_pic.jpg|Close-up view of ''Admiral Graf Spee''’s forward 283mm turret.
 File:Bundesarchiv_DVM_10_Bild-23-63-06,_Panzerschiff_-Admiral_Graf_Spee-.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' at anchor, circa 1936. File:Bundesarchiv_DVM_10_Bild-23-63-06,_Panzerschiff_-Admiral_Graf_Spee-.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' at anchor, circa 1936.
?File:Graf_Spee_at_Spithead_2.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' at Spithead, England for the Coronation Review of King George VI, 20 May 1937.+File:Graf_Spee_at_Spithead.jpg|Aerial view of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' at Spithead, England for the Coronation Review of King George VI, 20 May 1937; HMS ''[[Hood]]]'' and ''Resoultion'' are in the background.
?File:Graf_Spee_at_Spithead.jpg|Aerial view of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' at Spithead, England for the Coronation Review of King George VI, 20 May 1937; HMS ''Hood'' and ''Resoultion'' are in the background.+
 File:Graf Spee Fahrten.jpg|Map of the cruises of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' and ''Deutschland''. File:Graf Spee Fahrten.jpg|Map of the cruises of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' and ''Deutschland''.
 File:Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee in 1936.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' before the war. File:Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee in 1936.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' before the war.
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 File:Graf_Spee_in_Montevideo.png|''Admiral Graf Spee'' at anchor in Montevideo harbor following the Battle of the River Plate, December 1939. File:Graf_Spee_in_Montevideo.png|''Admiral Graf Spee'' at anchor in Montevideo harbor following the Battle of the River Plate, December 1939.
 File:Graf Spee scuttled.png|''Admiral Graf Spee'' shortly after her scuttling. File:Graf Spee scuttled.png|''Admiral Graf Spee'' shortly after her scuttling.
?File:Admiral_Graf_Spee_Flames.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' burns off Montevideo, Uruguay after being scuttled by her crew, 17 December 1939. 
?File:Graf Spee telémetro 01.jpg|''Graf Spee's'' salvaged rangefinder (and one of her anchors, not shown) is on display in Montevideo today. 
 File:GrafSpeeBattleDamage1.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'', port amidship. Damage from shell splinters as well as the burned out Arado Ar 196A-1 still resting on the catapult is visible. File:GrafSpeeBattleDamage1.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'', port amidship. Damage from shell splinters as well as the burned out Arado Ar 196A-1 still resting on the catapult is visible.
 +File:Admiral_Graf_Spee_Flames.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' burns off Montevideo, Uruguay after being scuttled by her crew, 17 December 1939.
 File:GrafSpeeBattleDamage2.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'', starboard. Shell splinter damage is visible on the hull below the open control station and armored bridge. File:GrafSpeeBattleDamage2.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'', starboard. Shell splinter damage is visible on the hull below the open control station and armored bridge.
?File:GrafSpeeWreck.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' after scuttling. This photograph was taken in February, 1940.+File:GrafSpeeWreck.jpg|''Admiral Graf Spee'' after scuttling. This photograph was taken in February 1940.
?File:GrafSpeeBowWreck.jpg|A view forward from the bow turret on ''Admiral Graf Spee'' in February, 1940.+File:GrafSpeeBowWreck.jpg|A view forward from the bow turret on ''Admiral Graf Spee'' in February 1940.
?File:GrafSpeeSuperstructure.jpg|The forward superstructure of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' in February of 1940, after she was scuttled.+File:GrafSpeeSuperstructure.jpg|The forward superstructure of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' in February 1940, after she was scuttled.
?File:GrafSpeeOpenControl.jpg|The open control station on 'Admiral Graf Spee''. The armored conning tower, various periscopes, rangefinder, target designators, and ship controls are visible. Taken February, 1940.+File:GrafSpeeOpenControl.jpg|The open control station on ''Admiral Graf Spee''. The armored conning tower, various periscopes, rangefinder, target designators, and ship controls are visible. Taken in February 1940.
?File:GrafSpeeAftWreck.jpg|The view aft from the forward superstructure of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' in February, 1940.+File:GrafSpeeAftWreck.jpg|The view aft from the forward superstructure of ''Admiral Graf Spee'' in February 1940.
 +File:Graf Spee telémetro 01.jpg|''Graf Spee's'' salvaged rangefinder (and one of her anchors, not shown) is on display in Montevideo today.
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 +# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Admiral_Graf_Spee German cruiser ''Admiral Graf Spee'' - Wikipedia]
 +# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutschland-class_cruiser ''Deutschland''-class cruiser - Wikipedia]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/history/chieftain-talks-4/ Chieftain Talks: The Hunt for Graf Spee - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/history/plate-times-over/ Fight the Battle of River Plate! - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/general-news/riverplate-pt1/ Rage in the River Plate Rumble! - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/general-news/riverplate-pt2/ River Plate: The Weekend Conclusion! - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9x0vTlI_ZU Chieftain Talks: The Hunt for Graf Spee. Battle of the River Plate - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube]
 +# [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHmmtrab5I Chieftain Teaches: Battle of the River Plate - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube]
 +# [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uzkpCHUpug Hunt for Graf Spee - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube]
  
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Admiral Graf Spee
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Cruiser | Germany | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase price4,700 Doubloons
Hit Points39,400 
Main Battery
283 mm L/52 Drh LC/282 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time20 sec.
Rotation Speed7.2 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time25 sec.
Firing Range16.01 km.
Maximum Dispersion182 m.
HE Shell283 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.2 Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell20 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity910 m./s.
HE Shell Weight300 kg.
AP Shell283 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.7 
Maximum AP Shell Damage8,400 
Initial AP Shell Velocity910 m./s.
AP Shell Weight300 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
150 mm L/55 MPL C/358 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
HE Shell150 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.5 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Initial HE Shell Velocity875 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/313 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire17.91 shots/min.
Reload Time3.35 sec.
HE Shell105 mm Spr.Gr. Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Vierling2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoG7 Steinbutt 
Maximum Damage13,700 
Torpedo Speed65 knot
Torpedo Range8.01 km.
AA Defense
20 mm Flak 384 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
20 mm Flak 386 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second18 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm Flakzwilling 304 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second10.4 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/313 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second49.8 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed28.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius680 m.
Rudder Shift Time10.3 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range13.14 km.
Air Detectability Range6.79 km.
Battle Levels
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Admiral Graf Spee — German premium Tier VI cruiser.

Admiral Graf Spee belonged to a class of unique ships that combined the features of both a battleship and a cruiser. The German Navy officially classified her as a cruiser. Armed with 283mm main guns, the ship was superior to any light or heavy cruiser of her time and was only slightly inferior to them in terms of speed.

Admiral Graf Spee was first released for sale on 22 December 2016 for the NA server and 23 December 2016 for the EU server.

Modules

link=Ship: Rate of Fire
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180° Turn Time
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Maximum Dispersion
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Maximum HE Shell Damage
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Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
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Maximum AP Shell Damage
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Research price
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Purchase price
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283 mm L/52 Drh LC/283251823,200208,400 00
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Armor
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Armor
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Main Turrets
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Secondary Gun Turrets
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AA Mounts
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Torpedo Tubes
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Hangar Capacity
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Admiral Graf Spee39,4001317028/33/4/1020 00
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Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
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Maximum Damage
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Torpedo Speed
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G7 Steinbutt0.7907.213,700658 00
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FKS Typ 6 Mod. 1016 00
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Propulsion: 54,000 hp28.5 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Admiral Graf Spee is a premium Tier VI German cruiser that straddles the line with battleships in several ways. Most notably, her main battery is comprised of 283mm guns: the same caliber as Tier III battleship Nassau and Tier VII battleship Scharnhorst. With an alpha damage of 8,400 per shell and a 20 second reload time, the guns perform exceptionally well against lightly-armored enemy units. As a cruiser, her version of the 283mm guns seem to have much tighter dispersion patterns than Scharnhorst, rewarding accurate shell placement; unfortunately, with only six barrels total, bad dispersion can still ruin what would appear to be a well-aimed salvo.

Her other battleship-like characteristic is her access to the Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable, normally reserved for Tier IX and X cruisers. Spee will need the extra health, as her maneuverability is far below most cruisers (but still better than many battleships). Like other Tier VI cruisers, she receives the option of equipping either Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) or Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.). Spee’s last major unique characteristic is her torpedoes. Unlike the rest of the German cruiser line — and the German battleships with them — Admiral Graf Spee’s torpedoes have a range of 8.0 km instead of 6.0 km, allowing captains to surprise enemies who may believe they are safely outside her torpedo range and providing a bit more flexibility in their use.

While Admiral Graf Spee is big and bulky, she is armored in a similar fashion to the rest of her cruiser classmates; she takes lots of damage and mistakes in positioning her will be quickly punished. Spee is not a ship for the un-skilled, but is a powerful tool in the hands of players who know how to minimize their exposure enemy fire and mitigate incoming damage.


Pros:

  • Largest health pool of all Tier 6 cruisers
  • Largest guns of all Tier 6 cruiser with high AP penetration and damage, enough to be a threat to battleships
  • Excellent turret traverse speed for such large guns
  • Good torpedoes with good range and wide firing arcs
  • Very good torpedo protection for a cruiser
  • Decent AA suite
  • Access to several useful consumables, including Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.)

Cons:

  • Only six rifles in two turrets, poor DPM
  • Bad main battery firing arcs (better when angling/kiting away)
  • Very poor reload speed for a cruiser
  • Underwhelming HE performance, low damage and poor fire chance
  • Slowest Tier 6 cruiser
  • Worst accuracy of all Tier 6 cruisers
  • Fires and floods last longer compared to standard cruisers

Research

As a premium ship, Admiral Graf Spee doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Admiral Graf Spee are as follows:


The upgrade options available for Admiral Graf Spee won't radically alter how she plays, but they can be used to help shore up some of her weaker attributes. Main Armaments Modification 1 is the best fit for Upgrade Slot 1; with only two main battery turrets on a relatively slow reload, Admiral Graf Spee shares Dunkerque’s vulnerability to turret-disabling hits. Damage Control System Modification 1 should be plugged into Upgrade Slot 2, while Steering Gears Modification 2 is recommended in Upgrade Slot 4 to improve her handling characteristics.

This leaves only Upgrade Slot 3, which offers some intriguing options. Particularly daring cruiser captains might wish to equip Secondary Battery Modification 1 (Extends firing range and increases firing accuracy of the secondary battery: +20% secondary battery firing range. / -20% secondary battery dispersion.); coupled with the German Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), this would allow them to aggressively close with enemy cruisers and destroyers. It's a risky tactic given her relatively light armor scheme, but might pay off in certain situations given Admiral Graf Spee’s healthy secondary armament. Either Aiming Systems Modification 1 or AA Guns Modification 1 (Improves AA efficiency: +20% reduction in the preparation time of the priority AA sector.) are safer bets, offering small but notable buffs to her dispersion and anti-aircraft bubble, respectively. Captains are recommended to choose what they feel will best fit their play style for the ship.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Admiral Graf Spee can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Admiral Graf Spee comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Admiral Graf Spee is a tad on the slow side for a cruiser; this can be helped by equipping Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) to bump her top speed to 29.9 knots. Other flags worth considering are: Mike Yankee Soxisix (+5% to secondary battery maximum firing range. / -5% to maximum dispersion of secondary battery shells. / -5% to secondary battery loading time.) for captains who went with a secondary battery build; India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) to get the most out of her Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.); November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) to improve the cooldown times on her various consumables; and India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.) to further increase her survivability.

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Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee - Wikipedia
  2. Deutschland-class cruiser - Wikipedia
  3. Chieftain Talks: The Hunt for Graf Spee - News - World of Warships
  4. Fight the Battle of River Plate! - News - World of Warships
  5. Rage in the River Plate Rumble! - News - World of Warships
  6. River Plate: The Weekend Conclusion! - News - World of Warships
  7. Chieftain Talks: The Hunt for Graf Spee. Battle of the River Plate - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  8. Chieftain Teaches: Battle of the River Plate - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  9. Hunt for Graf Spee - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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