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Kormoran HSK 8

Auxiliary Cruiser

Kormoran HSK 8 Auxiliary cruisers

Service Data

In Service: 9 October 1940 to 20 November 1941

Production Data

Builder: F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel
Construction No:
Laid down: 1938
Launched: 15 September 1938
Commissioned: 9 October 1940

Technical Data

Type: Auxiliary cruiser
Class: Hilfskreuzer (Raider), converted freighter

Displacement: 19,900 tons
Length: 164 m
Beam: 20.2 m
Draft: 8.5 m
Propulsion: 2 × shaft diesel electric propulsion producing up to 16,000 hp
Propellers: 1
Speed: 19 knots
Range: 84,500 nautical miles at 10 knots, 74,000 nautical miles at 13 knots, 50,000 nautical miles at 17 knots.
Crew: 400 men and officers
Armament: 6 × 15 cm, 2 × 3.7 cm, 5 × 20 mm
2 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes, 390 mines
Aircraft: 2 × Arado Ar 196 seaplanes
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Auxiliary cruisers


The German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran (HSK-8) was a Kriegsmarine merchant raider of World War II. Recognised by the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 41, to the Allied navies she was identified as Raider G. The Kormoran sank ten merchant ships, adding up to a total of 56,965 tons, as well as the one sent to France. Kormoran is reknown for the sinking of the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney with all hands in November 1941, in a battle off Western Australia, in which Kormoran was also damaged beyond repair.


9 October 1940
The Kormoran is commissioned.

6 January 1941
The Kormoran sinks the Greek freighter Antonis (3,730 t)

18 January 1941
The Kormoran sinks the British tanker British Union (7,000 t)

29 January 1941
The Kormoran sinks the British freighter Africa Star (11,900 t)

29 January 1941
The Kormoran sinks the British freighter Eurylochus (5,725 t)

22 March 1941
The Kormoran sinks the British tanker Agnita (3,552 t)

25 March 1941
The Kormoran captured the British freighter Canadolite (11,300 t)

9 April 1941
The Kormoran sinks the British freighter Craftsman (8,020 t)

12 April 1941
The Kormoran sinks the Greek freighter Nicolaos D. L. (5,485 t)

26 June 1941
The Kormoran sinks the Yugoslavian freighter Velebit (4,155 t)

26 June 1941
The Kormoran sinks the British freighter Mareeba (3,470 t)

23 September 1941
The Kormoran sinks the Greek freighter Stamatios G. Embirikos (3,940 t)

HMAS Sydney 19 November 1941
The Kormoran sinks the Australian Light Cruiser HMAS Sydney (7,100 t) after engaging in battle the HMAS Sydney is lost with all hands. The Kormoran had taken 4 direct hits causing serious damage to her engine room and destroying her fire fighting equipment. With 20 crew lost and the fire in the engine room out of control the order to abandoned ship was given.

20 November 1941
The Kormoran was abandoned and blown up.


Sorry no image availableTheodor Detmers
Takes command on 9 October 1940
Ends command on 20 November 1941


Kormoran HSK 8 picture 2

Kormoran HSK 8 picture 3

Survivors from Kormoran HSK 8 picture 4

HMAS Sydney

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