London 1917–18

The bomber blitz

London 1917–18 cover


Osprey's Campaign title for the Gotha and the massive Staaken 'Giant' bomber raids against London during World War I (1914-1918). 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing plans /The 1917 raids /The 1918 raids /The sites today /Order of battle for the London air raids /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Oct 19 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846036828
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 65 b/w; 20 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 227
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Christa Hook

CHRISTA HOOK began her illustrating career in 1986…


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