Second Battle of Dover Strait

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The Second Battle of Dover Strait was a small forces night action fought April 20-21, 1917 in the Dover Strait.


Just after midnight on the night of 20-21 April, 1917, Broke and Swift intercepted six German destroyers returning from a bombardment of Dover that had been anticipated, sparking a brief and intense night action. The two forces met on opposite, parallel course, and at close range.

Despite being outnumbered, the British attempted to ram the onrushing enemy. Swift missed, but Broke connected with Template:DE-G42 as she fired on the German destroyer. A German torpedo found her as Swift torpedoed Template:DE-G85 in reply, sinking the German.

Broke remained afloat with help from Swift and both British ships regained port.[1]

See Also


  1. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 104-5.


  • Newbolt, Henry (1928). Naval Operations. Vol. IV. London: Longmans, Green and Co..