Zeppelin Onslaught, The Forgotten Blitz, 1914-1915

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

ISBN: 1-84832-433-2

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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 

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.