In his quest for images of both World Wars, Britain at War contributor Chris Goss often chances across unusual photographs illustrating extraordinary stories. Here, he presents the background to a unique German photograph relating to a daring Great War raid.

During the First World War, the Belgian port of Zeebrugge was important to the Germans as it allowed warships and particularly U-boats to access the English Channel and North Sea via the Bruges Canal. As a result, it was an important target for the British who, on a number occasions, attempted to block the harbour and the canal, but none was as dramatic as the major operation which occurred there on St George’s Day, 23 April 1918. (See feature article in Britain at War Magazine, May 2017)


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