The South Atlantic becomes a front in the overall Battle of the Atlantic, from the pursuit of the German ship Graf Spee to the battle between HMS Devonshire and the German raider Atlantis. The Allies, meanwhile, nurture their relations with South America and gain a vital base in Ascension Island. Despite strong sympathy for the Nazis, the South American nations rally to the Allies' cause, securing vital bases, forces and resources. The Graf Spree sank thousands of merchant ships, of both neutral and ally descent until the three British cruisers led by Devonshire forced the battleship into port at Uruguay. With nowhere left to run, the Graf Spree scuttled itself. The Atlantis met a different end when I was sunk by the Royal Navy. Soon after, Brazil joined in the side of the Allies and together with the United States formed convoys to help supply the Allies efforts in Africa to defeat the Axis. With control of the South Atlantic, Allied shipping almost always made it through in the fight for victory.