Any of a class of cruisers with large-calibre guns, operated by the German navy in the Second World War.
More example sentences
- The real Jervis Bay was sunk while defending a convoy against a pocket battleship.
- Though outgunned by the German's heavy weapons, task force leader Cdre Henry Harwood engaged Graf Spee - at great cost to all three British vessels, which were badly damaged by the pocket battleship's 11 in main turrets.
- Attempting a night landing on the Rio del Plata near Montevideo, the aircraft crashed and sank near the wreck of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee.
Definition of pocket battleship in:
- The US English dictionary