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    Gentlemen,
    is there any information available about the "Royal Marine" operation, the mining of the German inland waterways by Coastal Command in mid 1940? Every information regarding missions, involved units, mines and losses(?) are very welcome. I've checked "Coastal Command Losses 1939 - 1941", but there's nothing about this subject. The only sources known to me are the German "Luftgau"-Reports, which mentions the mining operations, recovered mines and ship losses.

    Thanks in advance

    Heuser

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    Heuser,

    It appears that the plan never got executed. See for example http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/operation_royal_marine.html

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    Leendert

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    Heuser,

    Must correct myself. Some 1,700 mines were dropped between Karlsruhe and Mainz somewhere in May 1940, but inflicted no real damage.

    Leendert

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    It would appear that the operation was mainly a Navy one, with RAF participation only near the end:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/04/db0401.xml
    http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Flanders/UK-NWE-Flanders-3.html

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    Gentlemen,
    thank you very much for your replies!

    AFAIK, the first mines were dropped in June 1940, causing several damaged and sunken ships. Further the Germans were forced to run out steel nets to save the bridge piers...

    Best regards

    Heuser

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