Imagine losing ~2,300 Aussie lives today in an hour or so on an equivalent population basis. HMAS Sydney was lost 19Nov1941 due to not heeding centuries of hard won Royal Navy experience in dealing with suspicious and unidentified shipping.
SMH article Of lives and deaths, writ in water 19Nov2008. Wikipedia Battle between HMAS Sydney and German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran –
List of disasters in Australia by death toll
Navy history www page – HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran Shipwreck Sites – There is a short statement here that I found jaw dropping misleading – Quote [This battle brought the Second World War to Australia’s doorstep and highlighted its vulnerability to attack.]
I would say that for 17 months previously to the sinking of HMAS Sydney various disguised and armed German commerce raiders had been sinking whatever shipping they could intercept around New Zealand and Australia. One of these raiders – the Komet – found its way to our region after crossing the icy seas north of the USSR – with help from Soviet icebreakers. I have a blog on the Komet and a timeline of 1940 German raider sinkings around our region – so far totals 12 ships – still to assemble infor re 1941.
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