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Zeppelin airships

Vehicle  From 1900 

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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First Zeppelin bomb of WW1 - correct

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 - incorrect

This plaque was a mistake and was removed by Hackney.

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

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Zeppelin bomb

The round stone in the roadway opposite this point marks the spot where, on W...

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Zeppelin Raid

This plaque has been noted by a few people, the author Julian Barnes being on...

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