The Zeebrugge Raid
18 Apr

On St George's Day 1918 the Royal Navy launched a daring raid on Zeebrugge on the Belgian coast with the intention of sinking block ships in the canal entrance and so denying use of the port of Brugge to German U-boats and destroyers. The degree of success achieved by Vice-Admiral Keyes operation has been much debated in the century that followed, but the immense courage and determination displayed by the participants is beyond dispute, with no less than eight Victoria Crosses awarded, several by ballot and reflecting the collective bravery of units.

Alan Wakefield was made Head of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War & Early 20th Century Conflict Team in 2016. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History and writes and lectures on various aspects of First World War military history, and over the past decade has led many tour groups to the forgotten battlefields of the Salonika Campaign in Greece and Macedonia.

 

Image: This is photograph Q55572 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum. Q55572 IWM

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18 Apr 2019 19:30