The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year. New photos of the HSK Kormoran and the HMAS Sydney have emerged. 700,000 images were taken during the expedition of the wrecks. This new evidence provides support for the theory that within the first 30 seconds of the battle Sydney's bridge was destroyed, her command structure lost, and her ability to effectively fight back severely disabled. When the wrecks were found in 2008 the shell hole was not obvious, presenting as a shadow in the photographs taken at the time.

Both ships lie 2,500 metres deep, 20 kilometres apart from one another. The wrecks are 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in WA. The battle between both ships happened during WWII November 1941. 645 people died on the HMAS Sydney, while only 80 died on the Kormoran.

Thanks to Australian Government, Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, DOF Subsea, the Western Australian Museum Foundation, GMA Garnet Group and the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in WA Torsten Ketelsen, Prospero Productions, Royal Australian Navy and the Naval Association of Australia, representing veterans' interests, we can watch and enjoy these impressive images. 

Close-up of previously unseen 15cm shell hole through bridge [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Sydney Carley float [Via museum.wa.gov.au, imagescourtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Sydney's stern [Via museum.wa.gov.au, imagescourtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Kormoran anemone close-up [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Kormoran anemone [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

ROV lighting small wreckage [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Portside shell hole [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Shoe in debris field [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

ROV at work photographing Sydney at 2,500m depth [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

Damage to HMAS Sydney [Via museum.wa.gov.au, images courtesy of WA Museum and Curtin University © WA Museum]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Shell exit hole in mild steel plate. Possibly wreckage from A turret [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Forward screen of superstructure. Captain’s sea cabin [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Shell hits on ship‘s starboard side below torpedo tube mount [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Bridge deck head resting against Director Control Tower on seabed [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Shoe on seabed [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Carvel built motor boat [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Damage to aft end of inverted bow [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Flukes of ship‘s port anchor [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Bow section of what is believed to be 36-foot motor pinnace [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Boat lying across what is believed to be 36-foot motor pinnace [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Boat lying across what is believed to be 36-foot motor pinnace [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HMAS Sydney (II) - Quadruple torpedo tube mount on seabed - two weapons loaded [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - starboard concealed underwater torpedo tube [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - Port concealment flap for above water torpedo tubes [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - starboard 5.9 inch gun concealed under forecastle [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - 5.9 inch gun situated in No. 2 hold, trained 135deg to starboard [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - Port 2cm anti aircraft gun in raised position. Note concealment flaps [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - starboard 5.9 inch gun concealed under forecastle [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - Large pieces of twisted steel plate and ribs on seabed [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - Unidentified wreckage on seabed. Jumble of wire [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

HSK Kormoran - starboard anchor embedded in steel plate from ship‘s side in debris field [Via museum.wa.gov.au, photographs by David Mearns]

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