HMS Vindictive Reviews
Durant la première Guerre Mondiale, les sous-marins et torpilleurs allemands, basés à Bruges à l’abri des attaques des forces alliées, semaient la terreur dans la Mer du Nord et la Manche, opérant au ... more »During the First World War, German submarines and torpedo boats, based in Bruges, sheltered from allied forces attacks, set terror in the North Sea and the English Channel, operating from the ports of Ostend and Zeebruges, both connected by a channel at their Bruges base. By the end of 1917, it had become imperative to neutralize these ports. A recapture by land forces mired in the trenches proved impossible, and the British considered blocking both ports by sinking old ships filled with concrete in order to obstruct the port channels. After a first deadly but unsuccessful raid on 22 and 23 April 1918, a second raid was planned for 9 May. HMS Vindictive, a former Royal Navy cruiser launched in 1897 and quickly patched up after the damage to Zeebruges during the first raid, was tasked this time with blocking and scuttling the port of Ostend. Alas, one of its propellers was blocked by German defence fire, preventing it from positioning itself across the channel to completely impede the movement of German submarines. However, the operation re-encapunated the morale of the Allied troops. When it was demolished in 1925, the bow of the Vindictive was donated as a memorial to the city of Ostend. Restored in 2012, it is now located at the entrance to the eastern estacade of the port of Ostend. A particularly quiet place, mainly frequented by surfers of the 'Ostend Sailing club', not far from Fort Napoleon.
Dit monument staat aan het begin van de oosterdam. Bij normaal weer kan je wandelen tot het einde van de dam, 600 meter in zee. Je kijkt op het einde naar de binnenkomende en uitvarende schepen en ple... more »This monument is at the beginning of the Oosterdam. In normal weather you can walk until the end of the dam, 600 meters in the sea. You look at the end to the incoming and sailing ships and pleasure boats.
1 of the meaningful war monuments that Ostend is rich. The story behind HMS Vindictive is typical of stopping the German advance at the time by making the port of Ostend unusable or at least trying. Beautiful site from where you get a totally different picture of Ostend as a port city.
A memory of the English boat which had wanted to block the slot German sailors. L "front of the ship was installed at a hundred metres before finding a new place it a few years on this new boom. Regularly there are sheaves of poppies at the foot of this monument.
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