Gott Strafe England. Volume 1: The German Air Assault against Great Britain 1914-1918

Gott Strafe England. Volume 1: The German Air Assault against Great Britain 1914-1918

by Nigel J. Parker


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Gott Strafe Englandis the definitive account detailing the German air attacks against Great Britain during the First World War. This method of attack was a totally new concept, taking the war away from the battlefield and into the previously safe territory of the enemy’s homeland. As a result, the concept of strategic bombing was born. This two-volume series will explore all the German air operations against the British Isles during 1914 to 1918, and assess the effectiveness of this new form of warfare. It will detail the routes taken by the raiders, where the bombs fell, and the casualties inflicted. Alongside this are details of the responses taken by the defenders to counter the attacks. Full details about the airships, aircraft and their crews that were brought down are examined. This evidence includes contemporary accounts by those involved, in the form of intelligence summaries and personal accounts which graphically impart the full drama and horror of the events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911628378
Publisher: Helion and Company
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nigel J Parker was born in Kent and initially lived in Surrey, close to the RAF station at Biggin Hill. His interest in military aviation was nurtured at an early age, initially in the making of model aircraft construction kits. On moving to Oxfordshire he became involved in the research and recovery of crashed aeroplanes across the country along with collecting and researching related artefacts, building up a large and unique collection as he did so. When he saw the film Zeppelin in 1971, his interest in airships was stimulated and he subsequently built up an extensive library on military aviation. At the age of eighteen he was introduced to what was then the Public Records Office, now the National Archives, Kew a place that has now almost become a second home. Through his interest in military aviation he was fortunate to be the editor of the Bomber Command Association Newsletter for seven years. Having spent a career in engineering and finally running the Cryogenics department at Oxford University for twenty-three years, he chose to concentrate on his writing and continue his ground breaking research into the aviation history of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Dedication & Acknowledgements xiv

Glossary xvi

Ranks within the German Air Force / Navy Airship Service (Marinelufischiffabteilung) xix

Introduction xxiii


1 1914 35

2 1915 61

3 1916 158


I Zeppelin airships (Lecture by Count von Zeppelin and Engineer Dornier) 320

II List of German airships 1914 335

III Specification of Zeppelin airships by type 336

IV The properties of hydrogen gas 338

V Further details regarding the air raid of 15 June 1915 339

VI Bombs 349

VII 22 February 1916: Zeppelin LZ77 - British report on wreckage 350

VIII Summary of operations by aeroplane or seaplane carried out over England between 1914 and 1916 361

IX The problems of finding, intercepting and bringing down Zeppelins at night - reports regarding events of 31 March 1916 363

X Names adopted by the Royal Flying Corps for aerodromes in Great Britain as of 29 December 1916 370

XI The performance of British anti-aircraft guns of 1914-1918 381

XII Details and numbering of German airships used during the Great War 382

XIII Transcript of a hand-written letter regarding Zeppelin LZ5 390

Bibliography 393

Index 403

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