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HMAS Sydney

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Anyone see the show on History Channel recently about the close range battle between the HMAS Sydney (Leander Class) and the German Aux cruiser Kormoran ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_between_HMAS_Sydney_and_German_auxiliary_cruiser_Kormoran

 

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Australia's Defence Science and Technology organisation have done a pretty comprehenive battle damage analysis based on surveys of the wreck.

Here's an article

Here's their report

 

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Essentially, HMAS Sydney coped with the hammering from the guns (heavy casualties of course). But her bow broke off a couple of hours after the engagement as a result of the torpedo hit forward of A turret. This peeled back the hull, exposing her intact engine and boiler rooms to the sea.

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On ‎5‎/‎30‎/‎2018 at 2:18 AM, HMS_Formidable said:

Australia's Defence Science and Technology organisation have done a pretty comprehenive battle damage analysis based on surveys of the wreck.

Here's an article

Here's their report

 

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Essentially, HMAS Sydney coped with the hammering from the guns (heavy casualties of course). But her bow broke off a couple of hours after the engagement as a result of the torpedo hit forward of A turret. This peeled back the hull, exposing her intact engine and boiler rooms to the sea.

Very interesting discussion on the state of readiness on the Sydney in that report. I have always believed the Kormoran was caused by the Germans being to the west of the Sydney when the action started. So the Sydney was shooting almost into the sun, which normally reduces accuracy. If the sun was low enough there is even a chance the Kormoran was silhouetted, meaning uncovering her guns and manning them would have been harder to detect in the crucial moments before the battle began.   

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