Lucky lad: It is a pity this sailor was not around in 1800, for a reward of 100 lashes and keel hauling.
I quote as a British Royal Naval person serving from 7:1:1942 to 16:7:1966 in relation to my opinion of the said ex Royal Australian Navy Lt now retired, who was a former crew member of the ill fated 6" Gun Light Cruiser H M A S Sydney, prior to its sinking.
It is sad about the crew of the H M A S Sydney, but I too am certain if anything could have been done to correct the response to the German Armed Merchant vessel Kormoran it would have been done, it is so easy to be wise after the event, you win some lose some, IE Bismark sinks Hood Brits sink Bismark. There are a host of sea battles which take a lot of interpreting, sadly most of the contestants don't hang around long enough to tell the true tales of the conflict.
With all due respect to the families and friends of the deceased sailors of the H M A S Sydney. may you find comfort now that your Loved ones have been found.
Now for something I found totally distasteful in today's Daily Telegraph(delivered to my door daily).
The comments made by a Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant (Retired) Aged 86 the person afore mentioned, Alaistair Templeton. His condemnation of his former Captain (Commanding Officer), who was far more qualified to perform his duties without question than a nineteen year old signalman named Templeman, who is now submitting his own theories on why the HMAS Sydney was sunk in battle with the Kormoran. And if the truth be told; this aged Buffoon with an enormous chip on his shoulder, has put together all of his suppositions from yarns that were told by the distressed crew of the Kormoran who were unlikely to be able to think clearly while traumatised by the events that took place. in fact most of the accounts from the Germans would have favoured the propaganda machine of the Third Reich.
We occasionally come across silly old fools like ex Lt Alaistair Templeman who take delight in prefabricating or embellishing their favourite silly stories to newspapers in order to supplement their pitiful pension, but in order to do so this silly old Buffoon digs into the worst scenarios to expose a possible culprit, in order to achieve impact he embarks on a crusade to spitefully belittle his senior officer (His Captain) An English person. Now the bigotry and hatred emerges, he has an aversion to poms (85% of Australians have Brit ancestry) so we must assume Alaistair must have obscure descendants, and it is the reason for his blame pushing.
Alaistairs statement in the press confirms his vitriolic bitterness to British officers; when he quoted that, "All British officers in his opinion had a flippant attitude and were unreliable"
He goes on to quote that, the fate of the Brit Battleships HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales in which action I lost two relatives and many friends, was due to the lax attitude of the ships commanding officers in not having adequate air support to confront the enemy(The Jap Air force) in those days in 1942 the Japs used conventional methods of attack, unlike the divine wind bastards we had to put up with later. Well Al you silly old Buffoon if the air support was available and it wasn't, it would have been provided.
Alaistair you don't come across as a typical gentleman naval officer, maybe you were a non Dartmouth educated jumped up lower deck version, a special duties officer (SD) or meaning scrub deck officer, which seems the only thing you are capable of.
You can only be described as a vitriolic old fool.
Go, Boil your head.