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- n. Any of several German warships built in the late 1920s and early 1930s that were smaller, less well armed, and less heavily armored than a conventional battleship.
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- n. Any of a class of German cruisers, having guns normally found on a battleship, operated during World War II; a battlecruiser
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- n. a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
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Although re - garded as a rest day, no Sunday service was held aboard the pocket battleship since she did not carry a chaplain, and once again the crew carried out range-taking exercises, using the Altmark as a target.
While plans were drawn up in case the raider was a pocket battleship and not just one of the many German merchant ships which had sneaked out of the sanctuary of a South American port and armed herself, the Admiralty signalled to Admiral Lyon and Commodore Harwood that the order recalling the 4th Destroyer Division was cancelled and they were "to be retained in the South Atlantic for the present."
Steadily the pocket battleship moved towards Pernambuco; the noon sights recorded in the log showed her oblique progress towards the Equator — on the 28th she was 15° south of it, and on the 29th 11° 05 'south.
Since radar, aircraft and U-boats revolutionised naval warfare a few months afterwards, the unexpected entry of the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee into the uncer - tain sanctuary of Montevideo harbour severed the link between the tactics which stemmed from Nelson and those employed after 1940.
For Raeder it meant almost a free hand to go ahead with his plans for building up the Navy — at that time it was still under the strength allowed by the Treaty of Versailles, having six new light cruisers, twenty-four torpedo boats, the pocket battleship Deutschland completed and her sister ships Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee building.
As Gill and bis men rowed towards the pocket battleship the picket boat went over to the number one lifeboat and took off Captain Harris and the Chief Engineer, Mr.W. Bryant.
In December 1939, early in World War II, the German pocket battleship Graf Spee, a formidable ship armed with six 11-inch and eight 5. 9-inch guns, encountered three smaller British cruisers, which among them carried six 8-inch and sixteen 6-inch guns.
It took only a second to realise its significance: the Admiralty's suspicion that a pocket battleship was at large might now be confirmed, although the raider that had sunk the Clement could be merely an armed merchant ship.
Westerwald sailed on 22nd August for a position south of Greenland, where she would work with the pocket battleship
That night, 20th August, was the last the Graf Spee was destined to spend in a home port; and although the sailing date and destination was a closely-guarded secret since the world was still at peace, few men aboard the grey-painted pocket battleship could fail to realise that they were on the eve of departure.