The author is acknowledged as the leading specialist in the study of the First Air War. This new work provides a quite unique view of the development of aerial bombardment and defence – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Zeppelin Onslaught, The Forgotten Blitz, 1914-1915 FILE: R2757 AUTHOR: Ian Castle PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline BINDING: hard back PAGES: 356 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, aerial warfare, bombing, terror bombing, airships, rigid airships, Zeppelins, German Navy German Army, British Isles, home defence, anti-aircraft, fighters, command and control
IMAGE: B2757.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yc5oq7ls LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author is acknowledged as the leading specialist in the study of the First Air War. This new work provides a quite unique view of the development of aerial bombardment and defence - Most Highly Recommended The air war that began in 1914 was in many respects a very complex and rapidly evolving conflict. The German Navy had made an early decision to concentrate effort on the rigid airship as a warship to fight in a new dimension and to reach targets that would have otherwise proved unreachable. The Royal Navy saw this major effort and dedicated a large part of their intelligence funds to tracking German progress, more than was being spent on tracking battleship and naval gun development. The Royal Navy had also begun its own early and highly professional adventure into aviation but from a different persepctive. As a result, the Germans concentrated on lighter-than-air vehicles and the Royal Navy concentrated on heavier-than-air vehicles as a natural progression from the extensive RN trial of man-carrying kites from 1903. Where the Gemans had seen the proven lifting capacity of rigid airships as a viable way of developing new aerial warships, the RN had first concentrated on training their first naval aviators and then tasking them to list all of the ways aircraft could help the RN achieve all of the established duties of navla blockade, fleet to fleet engagements, anti-submarine warfare, attacking enemy ships in port and at sea, and in escorting convoys. At the same time the early naval aviators were engaged in shipboard operation and the development of aircraft carriers. The RN approach was the most flexible and provided the best ultimate solutions. In 1914, RNAS aircaft had already dropped the first torpedoes and depth bombs, their had bomb release systems and aiming systems and they were already able to fly off and land on or near warships underway. However, the German approach was better initially in that it provided a way of reaching beyond the RN naval blockade and conducting strategic and tactical bombing. The author has provided a fast paced and absorbing account of the Zeppelin Blitz and can describe it as the 'forgotten air war' because today it is. At the time it was far from forgotten. The British saw it as terror bombing of civilian and medical targets and certainly there was some deliberation of target select to attempt to break the will of the civil population in Britain. Real damage was caused, people were killed, it was a shick to the British system, but far from breaking the British Will it brought together the civil and uniformed populations in a common sturggle against a ruthless enemy. It resulted in rapid work to build a force of anti-Zeppein fighters and the means of controlling them as they were directed at the enemy. This response was effective and expalins why the Zeppelin Blitz was cut short. Quite why the Zeppelin was a forgotten war is perhaps more difficult to explain. Certainly to horrific losses of the trench war took much focus at the time and most of the focus of historians after 1918. Then of course the air war of 1939 to 1945 was on a whole scale greater and for British historians had the added advantage that it show cased British victories, where the Zeppelin War was initially a German success.