London 1917–18

London 1917–18

The bomber blitz

Campaign 227
  • Author: Ian Castle
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: CAM 227
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2010
  • Number of Pages: 96
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On a sunny May afternoon in 1917, the peace of an English seaside town was shattered when a flight of German Gotha bombers appeared without warning. Twenty-three Gothas had set out to attack London in this first bomber raid, but heavy cloud forced them to target Folkestone and the Shorncliffe army camp instead. It was the start of a new phase of the war aimed at destroying the morale of the British people. London's defences were quickly overhauled to face this new threat, providing the basis for Britain's defence during World War II. This book tells the story of the Gotha and the massive Staaken 'Giant' bomber raids against London.

Biographical Note

Ian Castle has lived in London all his life, and in this, his latest book for Osprey he combines his passion for military history with a fascination for the history of the city. This book completes the story of the city's first blitz that he began in London 1914-17 - The Zeppelin Menace. Ian has been writing for Osprey for almost 20 years; his earlier books have focused on his other great interests - the Napoleonic Wars and Britain's 19th-century wars in southern Africa. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986, after studying under her father Richard Hook. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television and, having illustrated over 30 Osprey titles, she has established herself as one of their most popular artists. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide. Christa lives and works in East Sussex, England.


Opposing commanders
Opposing plans
The 1917 raids
The 1918 raids
The sites today
Order of battle for the London air raids
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