The Defeat of the Zeppelins (Hardback)
Zeppelin Raids and Anti-Airship Operations 1916-18
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Mick Powis describes the novel threat posed to the British war effort by the raids of German airships, or Zeppelins, and the struggle to develop effective defences against them. Despite their size and relatively slow speed, the Zeppelins were hard to locate and destroy at first. They could fly higher than existing fighters and the early raids benefited from a lack of coordination between British services. The development of radio, better aircraft, incendiary ammunition, and, above all, a more coordinated defensive policy, gradually allowed the British to inflict heavy losses on the Zeppelins. The innovative use of seaplanes and planes launched from aircraft carriers allowed the Zeppelins to be intercepted before they reached Britain and to strike back with raids on the Zeppelin sheds. July 1918 saw the RAF and Royal Navy cooperate to destroy two Zeppelins in their base at Tondern (the first attack by aircraft launched from a carrier deck). The last Zeppelin raid on England came in August 1918 and resulted in the destruction of Zeppelin L70 and the death of Peter Strasser, Commander of the Imperial German Navy’s Zeppelin force.
A major plus point is that the book has an index, which is often lacking from such books, and without which it would be useless for research. The author includes enough history, technical explanations and anecdotes to make it more than just a list of air raids...Adrian Roberts
So is the book worth buying? It certainly gives comprehensive coverage of the subject in one volume; it could be ideal for someone new to the subject and be a handy reference for an existing enthusiast.
As featured in.Cher Ami, IPMS Great War SIG