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Operation StrandFest

Post by Peter H » 13 Dec 2004 08:32

An excellent concise account of the Marinekorps Flandern assault of July 1917:

http://www.1914-1918.net/BATTLES/hush/strandfest.htm

Said also to be one of the "first examples of air-ground support in history."

http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/archi ... -3159.html

During Operation Strandfest (10 july 1917) the German Marinekorps took the British stronghold and bridge-head at the eastern side of the Yser estuary at Nieuwpoort.

At 10 AM FA 321, I and II MFFA attacked British lines and destroyed the bridges over the Yser river.

At 19.51 hrs the attack follows. III Marine Infanterie Division attacks, supported by planes. The western bank of the Yser is bombarded by 24 C type planes, and a plane from II MFFA co-ordinates the battle from the sky with it's wireless. Two Schusta 29 planes protect the plane.
KG I planes bombarded coastal line between Nieuwpoort and Oostduinkerke. Jasta 17 planes do air cover for the whole operation. A Sopwith is shot down.In half an hour max the operation was over.
This is most certainly one of the very first examples of air-ground support in history...


It took the first German wave only two minutes to take the first British line ! They stormed directly the second, took it and the third was taken in handgrenadebattle. It seems the German artillery had a hard time following the fast attack (in other words, probably some marine personnel died by friendly fire). 1300 POW's were taken, of which 17 officers including the Regimental CO.

A report said that the observerplanes and also the Kampfgeschwader with Rittmeister von Richthofen, had played an important role in the action.
The POW 's were taken to Oostende and Brugge, where there was a parade for Admiral von Schröder.


Did Richthofen's unit participate?

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Post by Peter H » 13 Dec 2004 08:37

1917 Postcard:

Marine Abteilung,Ostende
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Post by Peter H » 13 Dec 2004 08:47

Closer view of the Matrosen.

British intelligence reports highlighted that by 1917 the German Naval Divisions in Flanders were accorded the same young draftees as the army received,hence a younger age group filled their ranks rather than the 'older' reservists seen in 1914 photos of Matrosen.
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Post by Peter H » 13 Dec 2004 08:53

Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke,a member of the Marinekorps Sturm Battalion,also participated in the operation.

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Post by Peter H » 13 Dec 2004 09:03

British POWs being paraded thru Brugge.
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Post by Regulus 1 » 01 Feb 2005 22:08

Hi,

Very good pics on the Marinekorps unit's. Richthofen's unit did participate, but the man himself did not as he had been injured days before the Strandfest.

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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 08:28

Johan,
Thanks for the info on Richthofen.

These are your photos as well?

http://skynetphotoservice.wistiti.be/Sk ... 51:Regulus

Some excellent pics of the Marinekorps!

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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 08:49

Some more photos of the beachfront in Flanders.
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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 08:50

Outpost on the dunes.
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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 08:51

More German quarters of the Marinekorps.
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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 08:53

April 1918:at the time of Zeebrugge the Kaiser was visiting Brugges.I wonder if the British timed their raid to embarass him?
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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 09:01

From Herbert Jäger's German Artillery of World War One.

Artillery battery along coast.Note the 4m naval rangefinder.
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Post by Regulus 1 » 02 Feb 2005 10:12

Hi Peter,

Indeed those are mine ! See you have some excellent photo's as well. Will soon post a larger number of pics in my photobooks as I'm a few days off for the moment and am able to take the time for some scans. I have about 12-1300 pic of the unit.
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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 10:47

Johan,
Welcome to the forum as well. :)

I look forward to seeing your photos.

Regards,
Peter


The Australian War Memorial website also has some photos of where the front meet the North Sea.

This is the mouth of the Yser River---the frontline was over towards the right of the sandunes on the right.
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Post by Peter H » 02 Feb 2005 10:49

The Nieuport Bains area,held by the Allies:view to the sea and other surroundings.
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