Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter: Can reach Plymouth if ordered...

Captain Langsdorff 'Admiral Graff Spee': [to Captain Dove] Every commander is alone, Captain.

Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter: The Commodore calling a council of Captains at sea. Quite the Nelson touch, eh?

[on board a badly shot up HMNZS Achilles]

Gunnery Officer: Captain, sir.

Capt. Parry, HMNZS Achilles: Yes, guns?

Gunnery Officer: We've fired nearly 1200 rounds sir. About one third of the arsenal only remaining.

Capt. Parry, HMNZS Achilles: Thank you. Are you all right?

Gunnery Officer: A few new ventilation gaps here, sir. A bit draughty, but otherwise all right.

[Capt. Parry turns to look at gunnery control position full of shell holes]

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: [McCall is telephoning the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires to try to spread a rumour] An emergency has arisen over the 'Graf Spee'.

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): Careful, McCall - security.

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: I know, sir, but this is most urgent. I have just heard by Admiralty code...

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): This isn't a scrambler, you know.

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: ...that two of our capital ships...

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): Are you MAD, McCall? I'm going to hang up!

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: Sir, I must insist - in this case urgency overrides security.

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): 'Urgency overrides security?' Well, well, well, go on, go on.

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: Both these capital ships will be calling in the next few hours at Bahia...

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): I told you before, this is not a scrambler!

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: ...at Bahia Blanca to refuel.

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): MCCALL!

Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo: [Groans] Oh...

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: They'll be down to their last drop when they arrive.

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): Stop it, stop it!

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: They... they've steamed at full speed for the Plate for obvious reasons...

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): Fellow's raving mad.

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: They request that we arrange for 2,000 tons of fuel oil...

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): Really McCall, YOU MUST STOP!

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires: ...of fuel oil to be available in tankers as from tonight.

British Ambassador in Buenos Aires (Voice): [Silence, as Ambassador realises what McCall is doing] Oh... very well, McCall. Yes, we got your message.

[Hangs up]

Ray Martin: The afternoon papers'll be out soon. Knowing how leaky the telephone cables are between here and Buenos Aires, I shall expect to see the headlines screaming that half the British fleet are off Punta del Este.

Commodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax: In we go, Woody. To hell with battle instructions. We've got to draw his fire off Exeter. At this range we might as well bombard the beast with snowballs.

Dr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay: Why are your agents now trying to delay the sailing of the Graf Spee? Explain this change of attitude.

Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo: Your Excellency, it's not a change of attitude.

Dr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay: No?

Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo: No - it's a change of strategy.