The Zeppelin Base Raids Germany 1914
This book is number 18 in Osprey’s ‘Raid’ series and is 80 pages in length.
The author describes Britain’s first strategic bombing raids, the almost forgotten Zeppelin Base Raids in colorful detail. He examines Churchill’s role, the resourcefulness, fortitude and courage of the men that made it possible. The photographs and illustrations are fantastic. After reading this book, whenever you see a Zeppelin, I’m sure you’ll remember this time in history.
Winston Churchill was the First Lord of the Admiralty at the time, and he was responsible for defending London. The threat of possible airstrikes on London and other British cities by Germany’s eleven airships weighed heavily on Churchill’s shoulders. He believed that attacking their airbases would be Britains best defense. Therefore, for the first time ever, the Royal Navy Air Service launched air attacks against Germany’s Zeppelin bases. In four separate bombing raids they attacked: Dusseldorf/Cologne in September 1914; Dusseldorf/Cologne again in October, 1914; Friedrichshafen in November 1914; and Cuxhaven in December 1914 which saw the first use of seaplanes in sea/air warfare.