By Ian Castle
Ian fortress tells the tale of Germany's air offensive opposed to Britain in international battle I (1914-1918), within which, from may well 1915 until eventually October 1917, zeppelins dropped hundreds of thousands of hundreds bombs on London. before everything the town used to be woefully unprotected yet an built-in air security approach was once steadily built based on the early months' destruction and casualties.
Over a yr used to be to cross sooner than the 1st zeppelin used to be downed over British soil through the Royal Flying Corps yet successes then gradually fixed as remark and conversation networks more advantageous and new strategies have been discovered. In his revealing account of a terrifying crusade which was once to be repeated in basic terms a long time later within the Luftwaffe's Blitz, the writer describes the delivery of a brand new enviornment of war, "the domestic front."
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While these pilots honed their skills, elsewhere technical devclopmcTlfs were finally about to provide them with a wcapon (0 strike fear into the hearts of the Zeppelin crews. Unknown to those men, who new into battle suspended beneath more than a million cubic feet of highly inflammable hydrogen gas, British aircraft would soon be hunting them armed with machine guns firing deadly explosive bullets. Initial trials of John Pomeroy's explosive bullet in June 1915 failed to convince the RFC authorities of its practicality.
Laken by Ll5 j( Bomb dropped by Ll5 5OOyOO , I 500m in the treet. Another bomb fell econd later clo e to the corner of Exeter and Wellington treet . An interval wa in progre at the Lyceum and many of the audience were buying refre hments from street traders and at The Old Bell public hou e. The bomb gouged a large crater in the road and fractured a ga main. As the dust settled, amid the debris, rubble and flames lay 17 bodie while another 21 people sustained terrible injuries. A third bomb fell in Catherine Street near the trand Theatre.