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Mines in Skagerrak

During 1940-1945 the german Kriegsmarine laid and maintained a mineblockade in Skagerrak in the area between Kristiansand and Hanstholm.

The purpose of the blockade was to prevent allied navyships access to Skagerrak. The germans consider it extremely important to keep the english navy out of Skagerrak because of the important traffic connection between Germany and Norway.

The first mines were laid out on April 9. and during April over 1.600 mines were added to various minefields in the area.

A passage approx. 10 nautical mile wide was made under the coast, where german ships could sail in and out of Skagerrak without hitting any mines.

The passage were on both sides guarded with artillery guns on land and guardships at sea.

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