The sinking of the Sydney on November 19, 1941, was the opening shot of World War II in the "Pacific."

To avoid sending British Empire troops to help the beleaguered French, Winston Churchill devised the devious Gallipoli campaign.

Field Marshal Horatio Kitchener
(1850June 5, 1916).

The disastrous Gallipoli campaign was the brainchild of Lord Halifax and Winston Churchill, with Field Marshal Kitchener in overall command.

Ostensibly, the operation was to force the Terrible Turks to open the Dardanelles so that money and munitions could reach the beleaguered Russians.

60,000 Australians fought with other British Empire troops. Killed and wounded totaled 26,000.

Australian troops in Gallipoli were
cannon fodder for Churchill.

Churchill looked upon the Australians as just cannon fodder that were part of his devious scheme to prolong the war until he could drag the U.S. into the conflict. Churchill survived that disaster because he was King George V's bastard brother.

Churchill ordered the Sydney sunk to demonstrate to the Japanese the power of 1 torpedo!

As target practice for the upcoming attack on Pearl Harbor, Churchill ordered the sinking of the Australian ship HMAS Sydney.

Captain Eric Nave

Australian born Captain Eric Nave was a brilliant cryptographer and linguist who understood Japanese perfectly.

He was in charge of the British spying station in Singapore.

The highly complicated Japanese encryption machine called Purple was broken by the U.S. in September 1939.

2 Purple machines were delivered to Churchill in January 1941, so Churchill was able to read the Japanese diplomatic codes, and their top secret naval codes called JN-25.

Captain Nave on HMAS
in 1925.

2 Purple machines were handed over to Churchill in January 1941:

In January 1941, the quartet traveled by train to Baltimore and boarded the 35,000-ton British battleship HMS King George V, which had just arrived with the new British ambassador, Lord Halifax. Their precious cargo of Purple machines was swung on board and locked away below, with the only keys being held by them. Since no one on board knew what the group of Americans was doing and they could not discuss their mission, Sinkov recalls they were treated with considerable reserve by the officers during the long voyage, which finally ended at Scapa Flow. (Rusbridger & Nave, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, p. 109).

As head of the spying station in Singapore, Captain Nave also had access to the decrypts from the Purple machines, and he knew the location of all Japanese ships in the area.

In early 1941, Churchill ordered Hitler to attack the Suez Canal so that he would have an excuse to pull the British Far East Fleet back to the Mediterranean. In addition, he ordered Benito "Sawdust Caesar" Mussolini to declare war on France . . . and his own country!

That was done to assure the Japanese that they would face no opposition from the Royal Navy when they attacked Pearl Harbor.

The only ships patrolling the Far East belonged to the Australian Navy. The Australian Navy had a good relationship with the U.S. Navy, which Churchill didn't appreciate.

Captain Joseph Burnett

Captain Joseph Burnett was the captain of HMAS Sydney.

Dedicated Nazi Theador Detmers was captain of the Kormoran.

On Nov. 19, 1941, Kormoran encountered the Sidney off the western coast of Australia and a sea battle commenced.

Not a single crew member of the Sydney survived!


Nazi Captain Theodor Detmers

Here is a brief description of that fatal encounter by 2 brave authors who defied Churchill's Official Secrets Act . . . and survived:

On 19 November 1941, Japan commenced hostilities. Not against America or Britain but Australia when the German surface raider, the 8736-ton Kormoran met the Australian Perth-class 6,830-ton cruiser HMAS Sydney off the western coast of Australia and fought the most mysterious sea battle of World War II. (Rusbridger & Nave, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, p. 134).

The Kormoran had a crew of 390.Nazis.

The Sydney was titaniced with 1 torpedo.

As the survivors of the Kormoran were rowing toward the Sydney, the ship was hit by a single torpedo and sank instantly.

Not one single crew member survived, while 318 Nazis survived.

The sinking demonstrated to the Japanese that 1 torpedo could titanic a battleship!


The Kormoran was sunk by the
guns of the Sydney.

Since the ship was sunk by a submarine, nobody could be blamed. However it did demonstrate to the Japanese that a single British designed torpedo could sink a big cruiser.

Very soon after the sinking of the Sydney, President's Roosevelt's attitude to the Japanese ambassador in Washington City changed completely:

Churchill may also have told Roosevelt that the Australians believed the Sydney had been sunk by a Japanese submarine. Although this would certainly have confirmed the treacherous nature of the Japanese, it would not have caused Roosevelt to react so strongly, as it had not involved an American warship. (Rusbridger & Nave, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, p. 143).

FDR was dying to join Churchill in the war, but Churchill's real goal was the defeat of the Soviet Union . . . with the help of the United States. The sinking of the Sydney was not the false flag operation that Churchill needed to get the U.S. into the war as his ally.

Vital links


Pfennigwoerth, Ian. A Man of Intelligence; The Life of Captain Theodore Eric Nave. Rosenberg Publishing, NSW, 2006.

Russbridger, James, & Nave, Eric. Betrayal At Pearl Harbor: How Churchill Lured Roosevelt into World War II. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1991.

Montgomery, Michael. Who Sank the Sydney. Hoppocrene Books, New York, 1891.

Stinnett, Robert B. Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR And Pearl Harbor. The Free Press, New York, 2000.

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