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HMAS Sydney

Loss and Controversy

By Frame, T.R.
1993, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney
ISBN 0340584688
300 pages, photos, maps

Descripton: 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.

From the review: Tom Frame's HMAS Sydney: Loss & Controversy is in essence a disappointment. This book is solid, very well researched and written, sensitive to the tragedy and the feelings of relatives. It shies from judgement, but also shies from speculati ...
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