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You are bidding on a SUPERB and VERY RARE WW2 German Kriegsmarine Mine Sweeping Handbook!  This came to me from a collector in Uruguay, who claimed it was part of a large grouping of captured documents from the Graf Spee.  Whether there is any truth to that, I do not know.

 Admiral Graf Spee
was a Deutschland-class “Panzerschiff” (armored ship), nicknamed a
“pocket battleship” by the British, which served with the
Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The two sister-ships of her
class, Deutschland and Admiral Scheer, were reclassified as heavy cruisers in
1940.  Armed with six 28 cm (11 in) guns
in two triple gun turrets, Admiral Graf Spee and her sisters were designed to
outgun any cruiser fast enough to catch them. Their top speed of 28 knots (52
km/h; 32 mph) left only the few battlecruisers in the Anglo-French navies fast
enough and powerful enough to sink them.

The ship conducted
five non-intervention patrols during the Spanish Civil War in 1936–1938, and
participated in the Coronation Review of King George VI in May 1937.  Admiral Graf Spee was deployed to the South
Atlantic in the weeks before the outbreak of World War II, to be positioned in
merchant sea lanes once war was declared. Between September and December 1939,
the ship sank nine ships totaling 50,089 gross register tons (GRT), before
being confronted by three British cruisers at the Battle of the River Plate on
13 December. Admiral Graf Spee inflicted heavy damage on the British ships, but
she too was damaged, and was forced to put into port at Montevideo. Convinced
by false reports of superior British naval forces approaching his ship, Hans
Langsdorff, the commander of the ship, ordered the vessel to be scuttled. The
ship was partially broken up in situ, though part of the ship remains visible
above the surface of the water.



Made of paper, this document grouping is in EXCELLENT condition!  Written by hand, along with hand-drawn sketches and schematics. There are some marks, wears, and tears…but VERY NICE otherwise!  Some of the pages have come away at the back, but appears to be complete.  Not sure why a handbook for the Large Torpedo Boats covering mine sweeping would be on the Graf Spee, but nonetheless a VERY INTERESTING piece of history!  Needs further research.  A VERY RARE item, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!


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