2108 The Auxiliary Cruiser Kormoran

On the 3rd of December 1940 the German Auxiliary Cruiser Kormoran slipped out of Gotenhafen. She was the largest of the new wave of Merchant Raiders, which had proved so successful in the first world war. Captained by Theodor Detmers, at just 38 he was the youngest of the Auxiliary cruiser captains. In his own opinion to young. Officially he didn’t even hold high enough rank to captain such a ship. But over the next year they successfully sank 11 enemy merchantman and spared with the Destroyer HMAS Sydney, a David and Goliath encounter… An encounter in which they triumphed.

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