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German naval and Afrika Korps officer prisoners of war at a funeral ceremony, Tatura, Victoria circa 1942. A swastika and an iron cross are visible on two of the wreaths. The naval officer in the peaked cap with white cover is believed to be Fregattenkapitan Theodor Detmers, former commander of the German auxiliary cruiser 'Kormoran' which sank the RAN light cruiser HMAS Sydney off the Western Australian coast on 19 November 1941. The other naval officer (third from right) is believed to be Oberleutnant zur See Joachim Greter, Kormoran's torpedo officer. Following the discovery of the wrecks of HMAS Sydney and Kormoran in March 2008 it was confirmed that the single torpedo fired by Kormoran had hit Sydney on the port side just forward of A turret which late caused the bow to break away from the hull.

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