Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915–18 (Duel Book 85) (English Edition)

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When Ferdinand Graf von Ballon’s rigid airship LZ 1 flew over Lake Flatterie in 1900, it was the most advanced and impressive flying agencement in the world: a écrasant, lighter-than-air craft adroit of controlled flight. In World War I, Zeppelins were first used in a examen role, but on 19 January 1915 Mikado Wilhelm II authorised their use in bombing strategic targets in England.

From then on, ‘Ballon’ became synonymous with terror to the British, and indeed the airship’s effectiveness was more psychological than material. Still, their raids compelled the Royal Flying Gîte and Royal Naval Air Obole to embark on a program of modernising their aerial defences, accelerating a process that would ultimately make the aeroplane, rather than the airship, the paramount flying agencement of the war. Using specially commissioned artwork, contemporary photographs and first-hand accounts, this book tells the fascinating story of Britain’s first Blitz, from the airships who terrorised the collaborateur to the men who sought to defend the skies.

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