ZEPPELINS OVER THE MIDLANDS


ZEPPELINS OVER THE MIDLANDS

MICK POWIS    Book Number: 86724    Product format: Hardback

Nine Zeppelin airships of the Imperial German Navy bombed the Midlands on 31st January 1916, opening a strategic bombing campaign designed to cripple British war production. It ended in total failure. The main target was Liverpool but none of the Zeppelins reached it. On that frosty, foggy Monday night several major Midland towns were bombed and 70 people killed - 35 in the Black Country between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, 15 in Burton-on-Trent, 10 in Loughborough, 5 in Derby, 3 in Scunthorpe and 2 in Ilkeston. A lot is known about the military aspects of the raid, but much less about what happened on the ground. While the press produced many human interest stories and much propaganda about atrocities, wartime censorship prohibited any information that could be useful to the Germans including the towns hit and the names of the victims. Through investigative research the author has identified most of the victims and here gives the full story for the first time. The Zeppelins that took part in the raid carried a total of 154 crewmen. By 1918, over 100 of them were dead including six commanders and the book shows in some detail what also happened to them together with the fear, anger, economic and political pressure these raids generated and what led to the development of a successful air raid defence policy. 206pp, 40 illustrations and 13 maps.
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ISBN 9781473834194
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