By Ian Castle
In the summer season of 1914, as Europe teetered near to battle, the possibility of speedy Zeppelin raids on London and different significant British cities and towns loomed huge. Britain's aerial defenses have been negligible, whereas German militia mustered a complete of 11 airships.
The First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston S. Churchill, accredited accountability for the safeguard of London, which translated to protection opposed to Zeppelin assault. His assets have been restricted, yet he believed that assault was once the easiest technique of protection. As such, the ultimate 4 months of 1914 observed the Royal army Air carrier (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 completed combined effects, yet coming so early within the historical past of army aviation all of them reveal facts of significant selection, ingenuity, improvisation and bold. The Düsseldorf raid culminated within the destruction of a Zeppelin, the Friedrichshafen raid concerned strategies no longer diverse to these hired by way of the 'Dambusters' raid in 1943, in addition to a spying venture into Germany through 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 persisted insurance of Zeppelin historical past, yet impending it from a brand new perspective. whereas the Zeppelin raids opposed to London are a specific thing of global conflict 1 heritage, the British raids opposed to Zeppelin bases have long past mostly forgotten. Ian citadel seeks to redress this stability during this superbly illustrated and particular account of an incredible element of aerial warfare.