Naval War College Review


Introduction. In November 1941, far off the west coast of Australia, a bizarre naval battle was fought which has great implications for all struggles at sea, past and future. It is, to this day, little known and even less publicized but that does not detract from its significance, it was the short, but internecine, battle between the German merchant raider Kormoran and the Australian cruiser Sydney, a duel in which both participants eventually sank, one with the loss of all hands.