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The First Blitz: Bombing London in the First World War

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    Ian Castle(Author)

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This book tells the story of Germany's strategic air offensive against Britain, and how it came to be neutralized. The first Zeppelin attack on London came in May 1915 - and with it came the birth of a new arena of warfare, the 'home front'. German airships attempted to raid London on 26 separate occasions between May 1915 and October 1917, but only reached the capital and bombed successfully on nine occasions. From May 1917 onwards, this theatre of war entered a new phase as German Gotha bombers set out to attack London in the first bomber raid. London's defences were again overhauled to face this new threat, providing the basis for Britain's defence during World War II. This comprehensive volume tells the story of the first aerial campaign in history, as the famed Zeppelins, and then the Gotha and the massive Staaken 'Giant' bombers waged war against the civilian population of London in the first ever 'Blitz'.

A highly illustrated account of the first ever strategic bombing campaign, the German aerial assault on London in World War I.

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  • PDF | 208 pages
  • Ian Castle(Author)
  • Osprey Publishing (20 Oct. 2015)
  • English
  • 7
  • History

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  • By A WHITE on 20 May 2017

    A compelling read and very well researched the accuracy and detail the author has gone to is fantastic very well illustrated ,I'm only half way through it ,and have finished reading the start and end of the zeppelin air raids ,and now moving into the gotha airplane bomber raids ,I'm sure the rest will be as good a read .

  • By Romance Reader on 24 August 2017

    A great read and such a useful research book.

  • By Guest on 1 November 2015

    The story of the First Blitz represents a period of London’s history of which I knew very little – until I read this book, “The First Blitz – Bombing London in the First World War”. Now I feel I’m an expert!This book tells the story of London’s First Blitz of World War One, a story so often forgotten in the wake of the Blitz of the Second World War. Yet that famous Blitz Spirit of the 1940s, which helped London through this traumatic time, was born on the streets of London in 1915. And the defence systems that gradually built up to protect the capital from attacks by Zeppelins, Gotha bombers and the massive Riesenflugzeug – literally Giant aeroplane, was the basis for that which proved so effective in 1940.The book tackles each raid in chronological order, weaving together official governmental reports with those of the police and the fire brigade and then bringing them to life with vivid eyewitness testimonies. First dealing with the Zeppelin raids, the book then tells the story of the menacing aeroplane raids that came to the forefront in 1917-18. Only then, after three years of war did London get an air raid warning system. Each of the raids is then, remarkably, presented in a detailed map showing the fall of every bomb, raid-by-raid, enabling the reader to trace the flight of the enemy aircraft across the capital.This book is well written, copiously illustrated with black and white and colour pictures, original artwork and 22 coloured maps. I would heartily recommend it to anyone with an interest in the history of London. To be honest the maps are worth the price of the book on their own.

  • By Paul Margott on 15 April 2016

    A superb read. I knew almost nothing of the Zeppelin and bomber raids on London, the whole story is fascinating and brought alive by this very well written and illustrated book. The book covers the whole story from the early developments,the shock of the first raids through to the end of the of the Zeppelin Raids and the coming of the bombers. The British defences are covered in detail and there are many personal experiences quoted. What really brought it home to me were the Maps. The author has researched to an incredible level of detail tracking every bomb, where it landed the damage caused and the casualties. Streets and place I have walked many times were bombed and I had no idea. I keep picking it up to re-read.

  • By PIERRE BAMEUL on 22 December 2015

    Excellent book learning historical events often unknown by lots of people.

  • By Johnny Kwango on 27 October 2015

    An excellent read, superb in detail and of even more interest given my Suffolk and East London connections. Highly recommended.

  • By Daniel Bowles on 18 November 2015

    This book arrived well on time. Giving a very interesting insight into the Zeppelin raids on London.

  • By Guy Fleshbourne on 17 May 2016

    Very good!.......I'm a man of few words!

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