Adelaide Flinders University
From Wetherby News
After more than 60 years of silence, the dying tales of a warship named the HMAS Sydney were finally heard by the world.
The vessel, one of the Allies’ lesser known combatants against the German-Japanese pact, went down on November 19, 1941.
Critically wounded in combat with a disguised German vessel, it took some 645 crewmen with it to the seabed.
It was the greatest single loss of Australian life in the entirety of the war, and the fractured hull of the Sydney would be the country’s largest war grave.
Yet despite its scale, the ship sunk without trace.
It left many hundreds of families waiting for closure, the explanation of their loved ones’ deaths uncertain, their bodies never laid to rest.
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