A series of events off Albania in 1946 resulted in the deaths of 44 British sailors and led to strained diplomatic relations and groundbreaking legal action. Phyllis and Allan George chart a tragic but largely forgotten episode in post-war maritime history.
COLD WAR | ROYAL NAVY SHIPS IN THE FIRING LINE
The damage to HMS Saumarez.
Two Petty Officers drag ashore one of the mines swept from the Corfu Channel.
Just a year after the end of the Second World War in Europe, three events involving the Royal Navy and Albania heralded the start of the Cold War. Although not fully resolved until 50 years later, what would become known as the Corfu Channel Incident case heard at the International Court of Justice established a set of legal principles that still underpin international and maritime law.