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Epilogue by Joseph Gilbey: 19 August, 2014.

On Thursday morning December 14th 1939 I was 11-years old when the Glasgow Daily Record blazed front page news of the Battle of the River Plate. I soaked up the awesome report and sensational details. Totally captivated with the Graf Spee story, I never in my wildest dreams thought that seventy-four years later destiny would merge my life into the historic incident. Now eighty-five years old, after twenty years of international travel and knit-picking research, I have re-examined evidence now available and found a brilliant cover-up. Probably the best kept secret in all of German naval history. This year, 13 December, 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate. What better time to spread out the evidence and reveal the truth?



In Montevideo, Uruguay 1 February 2010 Captain Langsdorff`s log book became available in a Spanish edition. El Museo de la Armada Nacional in Pocitos, Montevideo still sells limited copies of "Admiral Graf Spee Diario de Guerra". This book is a precise word by word, day by day translation of Captain Langsdorff's log book (kriegstagebuch). It carries indisputable evidence of the failure of full-time diesel propulsion to deliver 26-knots in a ship displacing 12,000 tons.

The equivelent British archive "Graf Spee 1939: The German Story." is a severely edited English version that skirts the MAN diesel engine problems.

Today, serious scholars can consider Captain Langsdorff`s decisions directly from the source. It's now time to correct the inaccurate assumptions circulating in the historical record and publicize the real facts behind the headlines. Anyone reading the captain's diary can look over his shoulder and verify the fundamental problems that Langsdorff experienced with the diesel propulsion.

I welcome questions:

Joseph Gilbey, Hillsburgh, Ontario. 19 August,2014.

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