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The Zeppelins: An Illustrated History by Phil Carradice


This does exactly what it says in the title. It offers a concise history of the development of the Zeppelin airship from its inception, carrying passengers and as an unwieldy weapon of war. Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a Prussian career soldier and an observer in the American Civil War, had seen the advantages of balloons for observation. An intel…

Zeppelins Over Norfolk


The First World War was a conflict of many firsts. While the Great War saw the debut of mass public recruitment as well as the implementation of tank warfare, it was also the first time heavier-than-air flying machines had been used in a military offensive. As German airships attacked the east coast of Britain in January 1915, it was civilian targe…

The End of The Zeppelins


This item first appeared in Stand To! No. 31 (Spring 1991). It was the 22nd piece in a series titled 'The Home Front'. The First Strategic Air Offensive Against Britain The first-ever strategic air offensive commenced against Britain on 19 January 1915 when two German naval Zeppelins bombed the Norfolk towns of King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth. Fou…

The Bombing of London by airships, bomber aircraft and seaplanes 1914 - 1918


The Bombing of London  By Ian Castle   (Reproduced here under Creative Commons license from the 1914-18 Encyclopedia of the First World War   Germany’s aerial bombing campaign against Great Britain in the First World War, with London as its primary target, was the first sustained strategic bombing campaign in history. These raids, using airshi…

Death From the Skies. The Zeppelin Raids over Norfolk 19 January 1915 by R J Wyatt


53 pages. Soft Cover. Twelve of illustrations, maps, references, appendices. Card covers. £6.95. Gliddon Books, Norwich 1990. ISBN 0 947893 17 2. This interesting and inexpensive little book is by none other than our reviewer, Bob Wyatt. Despite its cover, it is a serious and thoroughly researched account of the Zeppelin raids on Great Yarmouth…

Rex Warneford and the downing of LZ37


Zeppelin raids on London had started as early as January 1915 when towns in North Norfolk came under attack. Although this first raid was misdirected and caused minimal damage the fact that an attack had been made encouraged the German Kaiser to authorise further raids. For various reasons many of these attempts in early 1915 failed, and it was not…

Zeppelin Nights London in the First World War


Written by Jerry White Bodley Head, London, 2014 368 pages ISBN 9781847921659 There can be no one better qualified than Jerry White to write a 'biography' of London during the First World War. A former Chief Executive of Hackney Council he has written half a dozen books about the capital including a trilogy charting the history of the modern cit…

Ep. 158 - The German Zeppelin Offensive and Propaganda – David Marks


David Marks talks about his recent book on the German Zeppelin Offensive as documented in propaganda, postcards and pictures. This has been published by Pen & Sword.

Lancashire North Despatch: May 2020 1st Email Edition


The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 A Visit to Friedrichshafen and the Zeppelin and Dornier Museums “England has been all she could be to Jews; Jews will be all they can be to England” Brigadier General Reginald John Kentish (RJK)  Gone but not forgotten The Lathom Remount Depot, Ormskirk Lancashire Hospitals during the First World War Mates in…

Stereoscope images from the Western Front and elsewhere


Having just published the initial batch of stereoscopic images on The Western Front Association's website, it is perhaps a good time to pick out just a handful of these to show the kind of images that are available. There is no 'science' to the selection of the following images, it is merely a selection of some that have caught my eye as being of …

Battlebags-British Airship of the First World War by CES Mowthorpe


Published by Alan Sutton 1995 Hardback 194pp ISBN 0 7509 0989 7 [This review first appeared in the September 1996 edition of Stand To! No.47] Most people associate lighter than air machines of the First World War primarily with the German Zeppelins. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the Royal Naval Air Service also operated at least 226 airships…

ONLINE 'A Fine Feat of Arms': The Zeppelin Base Raids, Autumn 1914


The presentation will be live and online.  In the summer of 1914, as Europe teetered on the brink of war, the spectre of immediate Zeppelin raids on London and other major British towns and cities loomed large. When First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill accepted responsibility for the aerial defence of London, he recognised that Zeppelin…

"The Forgotten Blitz  And The Defeat of the Zeppelin’s' with Ian Castle


We will be holding our AGM prior to our meeting. 

AGM will start at 19:00. 

Afterwards we welcome author and historian Ian Castle who will be be speaking to us about the First World War blitz caused by Zeppelin raids and how they were stopped. 

The First Blitz, one of several books by Ian Castle on Zeppelins of the First World War

We ask for a £5 donation to cover our costs.

Image: A Zeppelin raid on a British city at night time…

In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War from Sarajevo to Versailles VOL I  by Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy


It is an ambitious author and photographer who states that the aim of his book is to ‘help prevent the Third World War’, but from someone who is now Hungary’s Ambassador to France, I applaud his ambition that if we ‘understand the reasons and the consequences of the First World War’, we can understand the reasons and consequences of all war, let al…

ONLINE: "Let the Zeppelins Come, I Don't Care" with David Marks


Germany's aerial bombing campaign against Britain was an unprecedented development in warfare. The civilian population found itself on the front line for the first time, and the public's anger, frustration and demands for retaliation were tempered by a remarkable resilience. This was expressed with humour through the medium of the humble picture po…

‘A Fine Feat of Arms. The Zeppelin Base Raids Autumn 1914’ with Ian Castle


We welcome author and historian Ian Castle back to the branch.

Ian returns to speak about the Zeppelin Base Raids with the title  ‘A Fine Feat of Arms Autumn 1914’.

This  eye opening story and view from the air about the First World War. 


All are welcome at our branch, we ask for a £5 to cover our costs.

'First Things First", The Early Days: RFC Suttons Farm' - Richard Smith


This talk, at the Hornchurch venue, is a truly local story.  This talk will cover the origins and history of RFC Suttons Farm in Hornchurch.  It was from here that William Leefe Robinson shot down a Zeppelin in September 1916, the first downed by air combat over the UK. Suttons farm was a key part of home defence in the First World War and continu…

The Fear of the ‘Zepp’ and the King Stephen Case


When archivist for the RAF Museum, 2019 – 2024, I was naturally drawn to the documents relating to the First World War. In many aspects the early years of the Royal Flying Corps and their actions in the First World War are overshadowed by the glamourous aircraft and men and women of the Second. Certainly more visitors would visit and stare (rightly…