In the fall of 1939, the German heavy cruiser (referred to as a pocket battleship) Graf Spee seems to have command of the Atlantic. In the first three months of World War II, she was responsible for sinking 9 ships. The British sent three cruisers commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood to confront her. The battle took place on December 13, 1939 and the British came out on top. The Graf Spee headed for the neutral harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of 6 or 8 ships awaited them. Rather than chance the loss of his men, the German captain ordered the Graf Spee scuttled.
- John GregsonCaptain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter
- Anthony QuayleCommodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax
- Peter FinchCaptain Hans Langsdorff - 'Admiral Graf Spee'
- Ian HunterCaptain Woodhouse - H.M.S. Ajax
- Jack GwillimCaptain Parry - H.M.N.Z.S. Achilles
- Bernard LeeCaptain Dove - M.S. Africa Shell
- Lionel MurtonMike Fowler
- Anthony BushellMr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevide
- Peter IllingDr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay
- Michael GoodliffeCaptain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache, Buen
- Patrick MacneeLieutenant Commander Medley R.N.
- John ChandosDr. Langmann - German Minister, Montevideo