The Capture of Bridlington Harbour by German Paratroopers

by Phil Johnson | March 19th, 2010

In the book, I have given several vital tasks to the German Parachute Division. These Tasks are:

To seize RAF Driffield and Driffield town by Coup de Main
To land in depth and destroy the fire control station for the Reighton Battery
To land in depth and destroy the Flamborough Head radar station
To land in depth and seize Bridlington harbour and town

The following sequence of photographs gives you an idea of the battle to capture Bridlington.

This is the entrance to the harbour which was blocked when Dickie Holme and Bert Billingsworth scuttled their trawlers on the orders of the garrison second in command.

Bottom left is the wood frame jetty under which the British trawler crews took refuge after scuttling their vessels. At the far side of the harbour is the stone pier along which Major Schulz and his German paras ran as they stormed the harbour. In the distance beyond is the South Beach at Bridlington where the German 35th Infantry Division stormed ashore.

The North Beach, linking Bridlington Harbour to Flamborough Head. The German 35th Infantry Division also came ashore at this side of the harbour. The land in the distance is Flamborough Head. It was in the distance that Billingsworth and Holme spotted the tracer rounds flying in all directions, just moments before the town itself was assaulted.

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