RN submarine C3 in action at Zeebrugge 1918
C3 AGAINST THE VIADUCT: ZEEBRUGGE

On April 22 1918 the Royal Navy carried out a raid on the Belgium port of Zeebrugge to block the entrance to the canal, used by U-Boats based at Bruges. The old cruiser HMS Vindictive was used to launch a night-time commando attack on the harbour mole, while block ships were sunk in the canal. Meanwhile, the old British submarine C3 rammed a wooden railway viaduct that connected the mile-long mole to the shore, to cut off German reinforcements. Full of tons of high explosives, the boat was detonated after her small crew departed. C3's commanding officer, Lieutenant Richard Sandford, was awarded the Victoria Cross, one of 14 VCs awarded to members of the RN's submarine service in the last century.

 


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