The Zeebrugge Raid happened 100 years ago. The Kaiserlichemarine was surprised on the Early morning hours of 23 April. They spotted several English ships and reacted quickly, moving to their defense stations. Then, the bridge which connected the pier to mainland was blown up. Not to long after, the British light cruiser, Vindictive, was closing in on the piers port side. This must have seemed confusing as, this side of the pier was well guarded. As the British raiders scrambled on to the deck, they were mowed down, and only after the MG08's had to reload, did the raiders get on the pier. Kaiserlichemarine guards were quick to react to the British raiders. Rifle fire cut down many of the sabatours, and the sabatours fired back. (This next part is debatable, but not confirmed) Then spotted off the coast, patrolling, was a German destroyer. It engaged a British destroyer, North Star. While it is confirmed that the North Star was sunk, by the time that the German destroyer arrived, some of the coastal artillery was firing on the support ships. By this time, the British must have recognized that this was already a failure. They retreated, quickly and the damage was evaluated.
(Told from the German perspective)
1. Two British cruisers were scuttled in the canal at Zeebrugge.
2. The bridge connecting the pier to mainland, was blown up by a Submarine, filled with explosives.
3. A third cruiser was scuttled in front of the U-boat pin on the pier, to block it. (Removed the following morning)
4. The Kaiserlichemarine took 24 casualties. 8 dead, 16 wounded.
5. The British attack was practically ineffective. (All damage was repaired and all scuttled cruisers were removed)
Side notes: the British raiders and navy took over 500 casualties. Over 200 dead and almost 400 dead.
Every raid the British would launch to interrupt U-boats pins and activity, would fail or have minimal effect.
Ultimately, this would be evaluated as a German Victory.