history XIX


19th July, 1940 : The Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in a naval action off Cape Spade, Crete. The Sydney, commanded by Captain J.A.Collins, was in company with a division of British destroyers on a anti-submarine patrol when two Italian cruisers, which were faster and with a heavier weight of fire, were sighted some 40 miles distant. The Sydney gave chase and her gunfire put Bartolomeo Colleoni out of action. The victory was a repeat of the exploit of the first HMAS Sydney which sank the German cruiser Emden in a running battle off the Cocos islands in 1914.

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