The Zeebrugge Raid: The Centenary Conference, 20th April

April 2018

A final reminder!

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is to host a symposium, held in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on the weekend of the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Navy and Royal Marine raid on the port of Zeebrugge. The Conference runs on 20-21 April 2018.

The conference will explore a variety of events surrounding the raid that happened the morning of 23rd April (St Georges Day) 1918 itself, with a particular focus on the planning of the raid, its consequences and the challenges of the unforeseen situations that arise in covert raids.


Conference agenda

Friday 20 April

11.00 – 13:00: Registration

13:00 – 15:00: Session 1 – Technology of the Zeebrugge Raid

Dr Anthony Firth – Sole Survivor: Motor Launches at Zeebrugge and Ostend and the significance of ML286

Stephen Fisher – Small Boats in a Big Raid

Alistair Roach – HMS Vindictive and her alterations for the Zeebrugge Raid

15:00 – 15:30: Time to walk from PRG to Action Stations Auditorium

15:30 – 17:30: Zeebrugge (1924) Film screening

Bryony Dixon – Introduction to the Film


Saturday 21 April

10:30 – 12:30: Session 2 – Keynotes

Dr Andrew Lambert – The long history of attack at source: The offensive dynamic in naval thinking

Dr Andrew Gordon – The Dover patrol, the U-Boat war and Roger Keyes

12:30 – 14:00: Extended break for lunch

14:00 – 16:00: Session 3 – The Zeebrugge Raid: From concept to consequences

Christopher Gale – Zeebrugge in the new Royal Marines Museum: Telling stories through objects

Dr Don Bittner – Preparing the Landing Force for a Raid, 1918: The raising, training and challenges of 4 RM Battalion from the perspective of its Adjutant, Lieutenant A. R. Chater, RMLI

Christopher Gale – The Victoria Crosses for the Zeebrugge Raid

16:00 – 16:10: Conclusions/Summary

16:10 – 16:30: Opportunity to view a selection of Zeebrugge artefacts from the collections of the NMRN


Tickets are now available for the Zeebrugge: The Centenary Conference from £30pp.

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