The First Blitz

Bombing London in the First World War

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The First Blitz

Bombing London in the First World War

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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'.

Table of Contents

Introduction / The Growing Aerial Threat to London / The Zeppelin Raids – The Men that Mattered / Preparing for the Zeppelin War / The 1915 Zeppelin Raids / The 1916 Zeppelin Raids / The 1917 Zeppelin Raids / The End of the Zeppelin War / The Coming of the Bombers / The Bomber Raids – The Men that Mattered / Preparing for the Bomber Blitz / The 1917 Bomber Raids / The 1918 Bomber Raids / The Aftermath of the First Blitz / Appendix 2: Chronology / Appendix 2: Chronology / Appendix 3: The Forces Engaged in London's First Blitz / Index

Product details

Published Oct 20 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 208
ISBN 9781472815293
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 129 b/w; 48 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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