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Action of 17 March 1917
Part of World War I
Date 17 March 1917
Location Dover Straight
Result German victory
Belligerents
 United Kingdom Flag of the German Empire.svg Germany
Strength
4 destroyers
drifters
8 torpedo boats
Casualties and losses
1 destroyer sunk
1 destroyer damaged
none

The Action of 17 March 1917 was a German raid on British shipping in the Dover Straight as well as the harbours of Ramsgate and Margate. Two flotilla's of German torpedo boats set out from the coast of Flanders and split. One group attacked the British Drifters and destroyers patroling near Goodwin Sands while the other attacked the towns of Ramsgate and Margate, shelling the towns and shipping in their harbors. While attempting to fight off the German squadron near Goodwin Sands, the destroyers HMS Paragon and the HMS Llewellyn were torpedoed with the Paragon sinking before the Germans withdrew with no casualties.

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