Admiral Graf Spee

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Italian Fleet
P 420 Sparviero Pack
Admiral Graf Spee (1939)
General characteristics
1175 peopleCrew
16320 tDisplacement
9Number of section
140 / 80 / 170 mmMain fire tower armor
100 / 100 / 30 mmCitadel armor
25 mm (steel)Hull armor
8 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
3 x 283 mm/52 SK C/28 cannon2 x Turret
360 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 40°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
15 cm/55 SK C/28 cannon8 x Turret
200 roundsAmmunition
Anti-aircraft armament
2 x 10.5 cm SK C/33 AA cannon3 x Turret
840 roundsAmmunition
2 x 3.7 cm SK C/30 mounting4 x Turret
4000 roundsAmmunition
2 cm/65 C/30 automatic cannon14 x Turret
2000 roundsAmmunition
20 roundsBelt capacity
276 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
8 x 533 mm G7a torpedoSetup 1
270000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/6100 / 7930/4920 / 6396Repair
200000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1700 Ge icon.pngAces
196 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Admiral Graf Spee.jpg

The Admiral Graf Spee (1939) is a rank V German cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Survivability and armour

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.


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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armaments are defined as weapons chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armaments and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that any anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section. If there is no secondary armament, remove this section.

Anti-aircraft armament

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Torpedo armament

Torpedoes launchers are standard equipment on many ships and boats. Torpedoes are a significant means of defeating an opponent. Evaluate the position of the torpedo launchers, discuss the ammunition available, firing specifics such as dead zones, features of the torpedoes themselves, etc. If there is no torpedo armament, remove this section.

Special armament

Depth charges, mines, rocket launchers and missiles are also effective in skilled hands and can take an off-guard opponent by surprise. Evaluate the ammunition of this type of armament and rate its performance in combat. If there are no special armaments, remove this section.

Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 283 cm Psgr L/4.4 APBC 15 cm Spgr. L/4.4 Bdz (m.Hb) Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 283 cm Spgr L/4.4 Bdz SAP Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder 15 cm Pzgr. L/3.7 (m.Hb) Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons


  • Fully armed with cannons for all purposes
  • Biggest main gun caliber in game with a turret at each end of the ship with 3 x 280 mm cannons each
  • Devastating HE shells with 30 kg of explosives
  • High penetrating AP shells
  • Thick armor that can resist HE shells
  • Decent number of 88 mm AA cannons with fused HE for air units and 105 mm cannons for smaller ships


  • Big targets for enemy bombs and torpedoes
  • 280 mm cannons have a long reload time
  • Armor can be easily defeated with AP shells


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Germany heavy cruisers
Admiral Hipper-class  Admiral Hipper · Prinz Eugen
Deutschland-class  Admiral Graf Spee