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The Atlantis Meets Her End In The South Atlantic

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The Atlantis continued to be very active following the Zamzam incident. In the South Atlantic she attacked the Rabaul on 14 May, the Trafalgar on 24 May, the Tottenham on 17 June, and the Balzac on 22 June. At the end of October when the Atlantis was approaching Cape Horn at the southernmost point of South America, Rogge received news that a U-boat supply ship had sunk off Cape Town. The German Navy referred to six raiders, the Orion, the Komet, the Atlantis, the Widder, the Thor and the Pinguin, as the 'first wave'. A second wave, consisting of five raiders including the Kormoran, was subsequently launched. Out of these eleven vessels nine actually put to sea on expeditions. Four of these were sunk and the Thor succeeded in making two expeditions. The Kriegsmarine mobilized two small battleships, named the Deutschland and the Admiral Graf Spee, on trade disruption missions.

Keywords: Atlantis; Cape Horn; German Navy; German trade disruption missions; South America; South Atlantic



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