June 24, 2007

Last Moments of HMAS Sydney

 Well this is an interesting bit of  history.

 Reinhold von Malapert, who was the Signals officer of the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, has died.

The Kormoran is the only auxiliary cruiser to have sunk a full cruiser in history, though she was herself sunk in the battle.
The Australian Cruiser Sydney had a sterling record during WW2.....until she was  lost with all hands in WW2....sunk by Kormoran .

Malapert had never discussed the sinking until last year. He succeeded in getting the survivors in the lifeboat under his charge to safety.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 08:46 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 It's a good thing for him that there were no survivors of Sydney. Flying false colors is a war crime. If the Aussies who captured him had known what he had done, they'd have hung him -- and maybe hung the lot of them.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jun 24 21:54:56 2007 (+rSRq)

2   Actually the Aussies did know which may be one reason they Kormorans prisoners were not released until '47.

  In the face of the NAZI death camps raiders  just  paled in comparison I guess....

Posted by: Brickmuppet at Sun Jun 24 22:10:54 2007 (V5zw/)

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