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20th April 1917On this day:
- 16th Northumberland Fusiliers relieved by 2/6th Ox & Bucks The 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers are relieved at Fayet by the 2/6th btn Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, the Northumberlands withdraw to Germaine.
- Inspections 236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report marching order parades of C236 and D236 Batteries were inspected by acting OC. Brigade (Major C A Pollard DSO).
- Second Battle of Dover Strait 1917 The Second Battle of Dover Strait was a naval battle fought in the Dover Strait in April 1917. Royal Navy destroyers defeated a superior force of Kaiserliche Marine torpedo boats. Two German torpedo boats were sunk and the British suffered damage to two destroyers.
Background to events
On 20 April 1917, two groups of torpedo boats of the German Navy raided the Dover Strait to bombard Allied positions on shore and to engage warships patrolling the Dover Barrage. The Dover Barrage was the field of floating mines that prevented German ships from getting into the English Channel.
Six torpedo boats bombarded Calais and another six bombarded Dover just before midnight.
Two flotilla leaders destroyers of the Royal Navy — HMS Broke and Swift — were on patrol near Dover and engaged six of the German ships early on 21 April near the Goodwin Sands. In a confusing action, Swift torpedoed SMS G85 and Broke rammed SMS G42. The two ships became locked together and
close-quarters fighting took place between the crews, as the German sailors tried to board the British ship before Broke managed to break free and the G42 sank.
Aftermath of the action
HMS Swift was slightly damaged, but Broke was heavily damaged and had to be towed back to port. The other 10 German torpedo boats made it back to port without loss.
- 20th April 1917 Regiment reunited at Lebiez
- 20th April 1917 Battalion moves
- 20th Apr 1917 Presents sent Home
Vacated billets at CAUCOURT and marched to X hutments ECOIVRES.
- 20th Apr 1917 Late Night
- 20th Apr 1917 On the March
- 20th Apr 1917 In Reserve
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