Book Review – ‘The Raid on Zeebrugge: 23rd of April 1918, as seen through the eyes of Captain Alfred Carpenter, VC’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen, published November 2020


The story of this raid is well known – a bold attempt to block a major U-boat base and interrupt successful predations in the English Channel at the very end of the First World War. In this book we have, illuminated before us, the very lantern slides used to illustrate postwar talks by one of its key participants, one who had won a Victoria Cross for his courage. Bringing a vivid immediacy and connection; the book is both a source and an inspiration.

Churchill called this raid ‘the finest feat of arms in the Great War’. It lasted but five hours of one night, but resulted in the highest number of decorations awarded for a single operation or battle in the whole of British military history: 11 Victoria Crosses, 21 Distinguished Service Orders and 29 Distinguished Service Crosses …

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Filed under: WW1 | English Channel
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Submarines

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