The Canal Raids

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The Dortmund-Ems and Mittelland Canal Raids 1940-1945

The junction of the Dortmund Ems and MIttelland Canals near the town of Hörstel.

When were the canals constructed?
Why were the canals such important targets in WW2?
Where did the raids take place?
How were the canals defended?
How were two Victoria Crosses won?
What effect did the raids have on canal traffic and the local population?
What was the lasting legacy of the raids?

The intention of this website is to answer all of the above questions and to tell this remarkable story from both the German and English sides.