The Zeppelin Base Raids: Germany 1914

The Zeppelin Base Raids: Germany 1914

Ian Castle

In the summer season of 1914, as Europe teetered close to struggle, the possibility of instant Zeppelin raids on London and different significant British cities and towns loomed huge. Britain's aerial defenses have been negligible, whereas German military mustered a complete of 11 airships.

The First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston S. Churchill, authorised accountability for the safety of London, which translated to safety opposed to Zeppelin assault. His assets have been constrained, yet he believed that assault used to be the easiest technique of security. As such, the ultimate 4 months of 1914 observed the Royal military Air provider (RNAS) launching 4 separate ground-breaking air assaults on Zeppelin bases in Germany, making those Britain's first ever strategic bombing raids: Düsseldorf/Cologne (September), Düsseldorf/Cologne back (October), Friedrichshafen (November) and Cuxhaven (December).

The raids accomplished combined effects, yet coming so early within the historical past of army aviation all of them reveal facts of significant choice, ingenuity, improvisation and bold. The Düsseldorf raid culminated within the destruction of a Zeppelin, the Friedrichshafen raid concerned strategies now not multiple to these hired by means of the 'Dambusters' raid in 1943, in addition to a spying project into Germany by way of a flamboyant British entrepreneur, whereas the Cuxhaven raid observed the first actual use of seaplanes in a mixed sea/air operation.

This new addition to Osprey's RAID sequence offers endured assurance of Zeppelin historical past, yet forthcoming it from a brand new perspective. whereas the Zeppelin raids opposed to London are something of worldwide battle 1 heritage, the British raids opposed to Zeppelin bases have long past mostly forgotten. Ian fort seeks to redress this stability during this superbly illustrated and certain account of a major element of aerial warfare.

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