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Zeebrugge Raid revisited


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Good evening ! 

 

If all goes well, I will be early next year in the german archives to copy the last reports on the Zeebrugge and Oostende Raid 1918.  And should have them before the centenary of the Raid.  I'm hoping to find more and new information about the fighting on the Mole.

New information has popped up in the UK, I can't say anything for the moment concerning the source, but it contained the following information on three unknown men buried at Zeebrugge, two officers and one NCO (probably, possibly not even an NCO).
The report stated that one man had red hair, and we also know that one of these men was approximately 1.65 to 1.72 cm.  One had a bullet wound in the neck.

I was wondering if anyone knows how big Lt.Com. Harrison was, if we know the colour of his hair, (we know Brock was about 1.85 cm and had dark hair) or if one of the missing NCO's or men had red hair ?

Not an easy question, but perhaps some of the specialists on the matter of the raid know more ?

 

Thanks,

Best regards,

Johan 

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Be sure to mention that this is the only time British Marines met German Marines in battle on land. There was an article in STAND TO yrs ago about that subject & the memoirs of one of the Marines, I think a German & he had a helmet he took as a trophy.

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15 hours ago, Peter Flood said:

My Great Grandfather who served with the RMLI was in the Raid on Ostend on the 23rd of April,I would be interested to know of any details of this raid 

 

Peter

If your GF was serving in the 4th Bn. RMLI he would have been in a ballott for the award of a VC, one awarded to the officers and one to the Other ranks. the Or's VC was awarded to a Sgt Finch who was actually RMa not RMLI but must have been serving with 4th Bn.

 

Bill

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The unit at Zeebrugge was the 4th RM Battalion, not 4th RMLI Battalion. No landings took place at Ostend on 23 April 1918, which was an attempted blockship operation. 4th RM was not involved - there was no "raid on Ostend"

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On 02/12/2017 at 22:43, Peter Flood said:

My Great Grandfather who served with the RMLI was in the Raid on Ostend on the 23rd of April,I would be interested to know of any details of this raid 

 

Peter. What was your great grandfather's name? I will look him up. Dom

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To Commemorate the historic Zeebrugge raid with our centenary conference on the weekend of the 100th anniversary.

Explore a variety of events surrounding the raid and on the morning of 23rd April 1918 itself, with a particular focus on the planning of the raid, its consequences and the challenges of the unforeseen situations that arise in covert raids.

From the The Flanders Flotilla and their influence on shipping in the English Channel to Keyes, Bacon and the planning of the ...operations on the Belgian ports - there's something for everyone.

Tickets are now available online. Learn more about our conference here: https://goo.gl/vSUDRi

 

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I am pleased to see Zeebrügge back in discussion here.   I would ask if anyone might know the distances between the points I've noted in the attached sketch.  In particular, how far was the OP from the Flak tower, and the Search Light from the Flak tower, and the distance from the Search light to the first 10,5 cm position ? 

If anyone can provide the information, or even approximates, I would be most appreciative.

 

MFG

J.Müller5aa9caa3b3ebd_ZeebruggeMoleSketch076.jpg.5b201da7c42b0aa47907125915627b28.jpg 

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11 hours ago, 28juni14 said:

I am pleased to see Zeebrügge back in discussion here.   I would ask if anyone might know the distances between the points I've noted in the attached sketch.  In particular, how far was the OP from the Flak tower, and the Search Light from the Flak tower, and the distance from the Search light to the first 10,5 cm position ? 

If anyone can provide the information, or even approximates, I would be most appreciative.

 

MFG

J.Müller5aa9caa3b3ebd_ZeebruggeMoleSketch076.jpg.5b201da7c42b0aa47907125915627b28.jpg 

Just check posts#4.5.16.17

In my thread 

 

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