HMAS Sydney, Australia's Greatest Naval Tragedy

Thomas Frame

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On 19 November 1941, the pride of the Australian Navy, the light cruiser Sydney, fought a close-quarters battle with the German armed raider HSK Kormoran off Carnarvon on the West Australian coast. Both ships sank - and not one of the 645 men on board the Sydney survived. Was Sydney's captain guilty of negligence by allowing his ship to manoeuvre within range of Kormoran's guns? Did the Germans feign surrender before firing a torpedo at the Sydney as she prepared to despatch a boarding party? This updated edition covers the recent discovery of the wreck - with the light this sheds on the events of that day 67 years ago, and the closure it has brought to so many grieving families.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherHachette Livre
Number of pages412
ISBN (Print)9780733623639
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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