Zeppelin! Terror Over London

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Date(s) - 21/03/2015
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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The wreck of Navy Zeppelin L31 at Potters Bar

One hundred years ago, 1915, was ‘The Year of the Zeppelin.’ These huge silver dragons moved majestically through the night sky, out of range of the puny anti-aircraft defences that British cities could throw at them. Here, for the first time, was ‘death from above’. This was a new kind of terror, symptomatic of the war to end all wars. Come on a Zeppelin raid, as we follow the path of destruction inflicted one hundred years ago, by German Imperial Navy Zeppelin L13 piloted by Ace Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Mathy. We walk from Holborn to Liverpool Street Station remembering the dead of the night of 8th September 1915. This was the first effective air raid on the City of London, causing half a million pounds of damage and killing and injuring over 90 Londoners. The fact that London had any defences at all, was down to the dynamic young Secretary of the Navy, Winston Churchill.

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