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The Battle of Dover Strait was a naval battle of World War I, fought in the Dover Straitmarker on the night of 20 April 1917, which carried on into early 21 April./> British Destroyers of World War I


On 20 April 1917 two groups of torpedo boats of the Kaiserliche Marine raided the Dover Strait to bombard Allied positions on shore and to engage warships patrolling the Dover Barrage — the field of floating mine that prevented German ships from getting into the English Channelmarker. Six destroyers bombarded Calaismarker and another six bombarded Dovermarker just before midnight.


Two flotilla leaders of the Royal Navy, HMS Broke (Commander Edward Evans) and HMS Swift, were on patrol near Dover and engaged the German ships early on 21 April 1917 near the Goodwin Sandsmarker. In a confusing action, Swift torpedoed G85. Broke rammed G42, and the two ships became locked together. For a while there was close-quarters fighting between the crews, as the German sailors tried to board the British ship/> British Destroyers of World War I, before Broke got free and G42 sank.


HMS Swift was slightly damaged, but the Broke was heavily damaged and had to be towed back to port./> British Destroyers of World War I The other ten German torpedo boats made it back to port without loss.



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