Dover in Kent County, England, United Kingdom
“The Channel Dash”
—12th February 1942 —
During 1941, the German Battle Cruiser SCHARNHORST operated unchallenged in the Atlantic resulting in the sinking of 115,622 tons of British Merchant Shipping. Requiring maintenance it went to Brest harbour where it was joined by its sister ship, the GNEISENAU and the PRINZ EUGEN. Whilst in Brest, the vessels were subjected to heavy attacks by the RAF.
Adolf Hitler required the fleet returned for use in Norwegian waters. The German High Command made plans, code-named, Operation Cerberus, for a night time escape through the channel. At short notice plans were changed to a daytime dash thus maintaining an element of surprise by slipping out of harbour unnoticed during the evening of 11th February, 1942.
The British plan code named Operation Fuller, directed by Vice Admiral Ramsay from the War Rooms in Dover was based on the belief that the Germans would attempt to escape at night. On 11th February, 1942, the British submarine positioned outside Brest harbour put out to sea to recharge its batteries on the surface as the German Fleet sailed.
Escorted by six Destroyers, E-Boats and massive air cover provided
Location. 51° 7.436′ N, 1° 19.076′ E. Marker is in Dover, England, in Kent County. Marker is on Marine Parade just east of Wellesley Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover, England CT16 1LQ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Royal Norwegian Navy (a few steps from this marker); Capt Matthew Webb (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Stewart Rolls (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Market Hall (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Market Square (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Instruments of Punishment (approx. Rebuilt Bank (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); St. Mary’s Church and Cannon Street (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . .
1. The Channel Dash - Operation Fuller. Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum (Submitted on April 20, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Operation Fuller - The Channel Dash. The Channel Dash Association (Submitted on April 20, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 156 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 20, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.