The raids on zeebrugge and ostend april 1918 the intention of the raids on zeebrugge and ostend was to block the passage of german submarines and destroyers between the inland port of brugges and the open sea whilst a force from hms vindictive created a diversion by storming the far end of the zeebrugge mole hms thetis hms intrepid and hms . The bow of hms vindictive is preserved at ostend in memory of the men who took part in the raids on zeebrugge and ostend in 1918 monuments memorials on the yser ijzer battlefields belgian coast photograph of hms vindictive by marc ryckaert and licensed under creative commons the victoria cross. The first ostend raid part of operation zo was the first of two attacks by the royal navy on the german held port of ostend during the late spring of 1918 during the first world warostend was attacked in conjunction with the neighbouring harbour of zeebrugge on 23 april in order to block the vital strategic port of bruges situated 6 mi 52 nmi 97 km inland and ideally sited to conduct . Note reviewed alongside the raid on zeebrugge 23 april 1918 as seen through the eyes of captain alfred carpenter vc these two books take very different approaches deborah lake draws on in depth research to give a clear narrative of the build up planning and execution of the raids although detailed references are lacking and only a range of secondary sources are listed in the
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