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Victory over a Zeppelin
Military Milestones

Victory over a Zeppelin

On Oct. 3, 1916, dozens of people flocked to a farmer’s field just north of London at a place called Potters Bar to see the grisly spectacle of the crash site of a Zeppelin airship. The owner of the property charged a shilling to see the carnage, promising to use the money to cover damages to his property and turn the remainder to the Red Cross. For nearly two years, Britain suffered helpless outrage as German airships, particularly Zeppelins, rained destruction on military targets, killing more than 100 citizens and injuring hundreds more. The Germans called airship pilots Knights of the Air—the British called them baby-killers. Airships were part of Germany’s plan to destroy war factories and break the spirit of the British through strategic bombing. Zeppelin raids destroyed an...

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