A new addition to a popular series that approaches military history through 100 Objects. The selected objects include the rare, the quirky, the emotive, the practical and the mundane. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: The First Blitz in 100 Objects FILE: R3180 AUTHOR: Ian Castle PUBLISHER: Frontline Books, Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, World War One, First World War, The Great War, war in the air, airships, Zeppelins, long range bombers, terror bombing, British Isles, bombs, interceptor aircraft, night bombing, night fighters ISBN: 1-52673-289-0 PAGES: 268 IMAGE: B3180.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ya3ke764 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A new addition to a popular series that approaches military history through 100 Objects. The selected objects include the rare, the quirky, the emotive, the practical and the mundane. – Highly Recommended.
The approach, with lavish illustration and original text, is enhanced by the ability to reproduce in full colour through the body of the book. It is an original approach and very effective.
Many think of the Blitz in terms of the heavy bombing of London during WWII. This book has established the reality that the first blitz was the terror bombing campaign that ranged across the British Isles during the Great War. There may have been books published over the years on this subject but for many it is a completely unknown part of military aviation history.
The author has provided a very original selection of objects and captured the aspect of the WWI air war over Britain.
The Admiralty spent more on intelligence gathering, in the relation to the German airship program before 1914, than it did on any other aspect of the German military capabilities. By concentrating focus on developing weapons equipped aircraft rather than flimsy unarmed scout planes, the RNAS started the war with real combat aircraft and very quickly downed the first German airship over Belgium using bombs. The RFC began to catch up with more aggressive aircraft and the two services began to get on top of the German air threat, bringing down an increasing number of German airships. Even so the German terror bombers did cause some real damage, particularly to hospitals and civilian housing that was all the more impressive given the very crude methods of bomb aiming and even bomb releasing
This is an enjoyable book at a good price to appeal to a wide range of readers.