Friday, March 21, 2008

HMAS Sydney found off Australia's west coast.

The Sydney was lost with all hands after a fierce engagment with the Kormoran, a German naval raider disguised as a Dutch merchant ship, off the coast of Western Australia, in November 1941.
The fate of HMAS Sydney, and why none of its crew survived the battle, remained a mystery, conspiracy theories have flourished.

It has been claimed survivors were machine gunned in the water by the crew of the Kormoran, or that the ship was in fact sunk by a Japanese submarine in an encounter covered up by the Australian government.

It was last seen limping over the horizon, black smoke streaming from its hull and decks, by the crew of the Kormoran.

The German ship, badly damaged during the exchange, also sank but most of its crew of 397 survived.

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