The aerial attacks against Great Britain by airships and aircraft in the Great War were a new development in the history of British warfare. Previously, it had been the British armies that had crossed the seas to do the fighting in foreign lands, but now, for the first time, the enemy was spreading death and destruction on the homeland at will. Initially, there was no obvious and practical means of countering this threat, so what were the reasons for this development and how was the problem solved?
This is the first in a series of articles taken from Nigel Parker’s book Gott Strafe England –The German Air Assault Against Great Britain 1914–1918. Volume 3 in which we will describe the various types of weapons the Allies produced during the First World War in their attempts to counter the scourge of the Zeppelin’s.
The perceived threat from the airships flying over Britain and dropping their bombs on the undefended country weighed heavily on people’s minds and a variety of suggestions were submitted to the War Office for consideration.