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Today in World War II History—November 19, 1941

Light cruiser HMAS Sydney at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, 10 Feb 1941 (The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 1941, public domain via Wikipedia)

Light cruiser HMAS Sydney at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, 10 Feb 1941 (The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 1941, public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 19, 1941: West of Australia, German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran sinks Australian light cruiser Sydney (all 643 killed); Kormoran also sinks (85 killed).

In a North Atlantic convoy, destroyer USS Leary makes the first radar contact on a hostile ship by a US warship, leading to a depth-charge attack on a German U-boat.

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