The Pain of Waiting

The Pain of Waiting

On the afternoon of 19 November 1941, the light cruiser HMAS Sydney was off the western coast of Australia, between Carnarvon and Geraldton, returning to Fremantle after escorting a troopship to Singapore. Just after 4 o’clock, lookouts spotted what appeared to be a Dutch merchant vessel. An hour later, with the ships less than a mile apart, the Dutch flag was lowered, German colours were unveiled, and HSK Kormoran opened fire with guns and torpedoes.