By Ian Castle
In the summertime of 1914, as Europe teetered close to warfare, the possibility of quick Zeppelin raids on London and different significant British cities and towns loomed huge. Britain's aerial defenses have been negligible, whereas German military mustered a complete of 11 airships. the 1st Lord of the Admiralty, Winston S. Churchill, approved accountability for the security of London, which translated to security opposed to Zeppelin assault. His assets have been restricted, yet he believed that assault used to be the simplest technique of safeguard. As such, the ultimate 4 months of 1914 observed the Royal army Air provider (RNAS) launching 4 separate ground-breaking air assaults on Zeppelin bases in Germany, making those Britain's first ever strategic bombing raids: Düsseldorf/Cologne (September), Düsseldorf/Cologne back (October), Friedrichshafen (November) and Cuxhaven (December). The raids completed combined effects, yet coming so early within the heritage of army aviation all of them reveal proof of serious selection, ingenuity, improvisation and bold. The Düsseldorf raid culminated within the destruction of a Zeppelin, the Friedrichshafen raid concerned strategies no longer distinct to these hired through the 'Dambusters' raid in 1943, in addition to a spying challenge into Germany by way of a flamboyant British entrepreneur, whereas the Cuxhaven raid observed the first actual use of seaplanes in a mixed sea/air operation. This new addition to Osprey's RAID sequence offers persisted insurance of Zeppelin background, yet forthcoming it from a brand new perspective. whereas the Zeppelin raids opposed to London are a specific thing of worldwide warfare 1 background, the British raids opposed to Zeppelin bases have long gone mostly forgotten. Ian citadel seeks to redress this stability during this superbly illustrated and specified account of an enormous point of aerial conflict.