Monday, 22 July, 2024
26December 1939

Royal Navy starts laying mines along east coast of Britain

In efforts to protect Britain, the British Royal Navy began laying a defensive sea mine barrier along the east coast of the British Isles on this day.

The mine barrier will eventually extend from the Moray Firth in Scotland to the Thames Estuary in southern England. The main purpose of the mine barrier was to prevent u-boats from entering coastal waters around Britain. Not only can u-boats torpedo shipping, but the German submarines were also able to lay their own mines.

The sea mine barrier would include at least 50 dummy mines, which lacked explosive charges, and were instead designed to be visible from the air by enemy aircraft. It was hoped the dummy mines would deter enemy shipping entering the nearby waters.

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