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Zeppelin airships

Categories: Armed Forces, Aviation

Invented by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in 1900. London was first targeted with airships in May 1915 and initially found defence very difficult. Searchlights and incendiary ammunition helped to defeat the Zeppelins and the last raid was in August 1918. Londonist has a great post about the Zeppelin raids over London, with a map! And Flickering Lamps has a good post on airships over London in war and peace.

But to get a really good idea of how they were used (the bombs, the water ballast, the observer basket) you have to see the 1930 film Hell's Angels. Forget the plot and the acting, just watch the stunning aerial scenes. Howard Hughes produced it so money was no object.

2018: Londonist have a post about the first Zeppelin raid on London, 31 May 1915, with maps showing the damage sites.

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Zeppelin airships

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Camberwell WW1 victims - Chumleigh Gardens

This memorial commemorates all 22 Camberwell citizens killed in WW1. We don't...

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First Zeppelin bomb of WW1, correct - 1

First bomb of World War One, dropped on London by Zeppelin LZ 38 fell on this...

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First Zeppelin bomb of WW1, correct - 2

First bomb of World War One, to be dropped on London by Zeppelin LZ38, fell o...

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First Zeppelin bomb of WW1 - incorrect

This plaque was, according to the Council, a mistake and was removed by Hackney.

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Zeppelin

We are familiar with the "pensioner crosses road" syndrome in local newspaper...

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H. Woods, Snr.

H. Woods, Snr.

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces

War served, WW1
1 memorial
John Chipman Kerr, VC

John Chipman Kerr, VC

Awarded the VC for his heroism on 16 September 1916, age 29, while serving in the 49th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. "When bombs were running short he ran along the parados under heavy f...

Person, Armed Forces, Canada

War served, WW1
1 memorial
12th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Rangers)

12th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Rangers)

The 12th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Rangers), was formed on 1 April 1908 by the amalgamation of regiments under the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907. Their Wikipe...

Group, Armed Forces

2 memorials
Sir William Constable

Sir William Constable

From Yorkshire. MP for Scarborough and then Knaresborough. Colonel of a regiment of foot in Cromwell's Parliamentary army, governor of Gloucester and one of the signatories to the death warrant of ...

Person, Armed Forces, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
Major William Martin

Major William Martin

See Operation Mincemeat for Major Martin's role in WW2. The body was identified in 1996 as that of Glyndwr Michael, a Welsh homeless man, but the Wikipedia page puts forward a number of other possi...

Fiction, Armed Forces

1 memorial