Admiral Graf Spee

Unit Card:


Set - Rarity - Number

War At Sea - Rare - 34/64


Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands, where he was killed in action, in World War I. She was laid down at the Reichsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven in October 1932 and completed by January 1936. The ship was nominally under the 10,000 long tons (10,000 t) limitation on warship size imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, though with a full load displacement of 16,020 long tons (16,280 t), she significantly exceeded it. 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 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph) left only a handful of ships in the Anglo-French navies able to catch them 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 for 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.



The pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee is a very straight forward and deadly cruiser that excels in gunnery. While definitely a second choice to her sister ship, Admiral Scheer, the Graf Spee gives the Germans one of the strongest non-battleship main gunnery attacks, and certainly should give any Allied cruiser better than it gets. That being said, its low armor, passing AA, and lack of torpedo defense make it a strong arm with a glass jaw. Almost any unit has a decent chance of knocking out the extended range, but at 21 points its still one of the best cruisers in the game.


i love these ships, easy to kill but an attack able to kill targets much more expensive, imagine two grafs against a hood. don't stay at range with them, get in close and let the dice roll. it's two against one and 10 is not that easy to hit. and with u37 u can get a 13 dice attack at range 1, really, i've thrown 16 with that amount of dice. byby yamato and who cares about losing a graf if they kill a bb?

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