World War I introduced so many terrifying new ways to die, and chief among those was, of course, death by air. For Londoners, the threat began in January , when the Germans sent zeppelins loaded with bombs across the Channel. Eventually, they sent planes, too. The air raids, often at night, accomplished little tactically, but their true purpose was to terrorize civilians and sink British morale. The air raids brought the war to the home front.
They intruded in the bedroom, the most private space of all. And thus, they had quite an effect on fashion. Think about it this way: Bedclothes are among most intimate of garments. A crumpled nightdress would no longer do. It was a matter of practicality!
The best-known German strategic bombing campaign during World War I was the campaign against Britain, although strategic bombing raids were carried out or attempted on other fronts. The main campaign against Britain started in January using airships. Airships made about 51 bombing raids on Britain during the war. For the first time in history, London was under attack from the air, and the craft delivering On January 19, , the zeppelins struck Great Britain for the first time, dropping London home damaged by World War I German zeppelin raids as nearly 20, of the city's residents died in the London Blitz.
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This book tells the story of Germany's strategic air offensive against Britain, and how it came to be neutralized. German airships attempted to raid London on 26 separate occasions between May and October , but only reached the capital and bombed successfully on nine occasions. From May onwards, this theatre of war entered a new phase as German Gotha bombers set out to attack London in the first bomber raid.
London's defences were again overhauled to face this new threat, providing the basis for Britain's defence during World War II. Rebel Masons.
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