Zeppelin raids, Gothas and 'Giants'

Britain's First Blitz - 1914 -1918

Ian Castle looks at the World War One air raids on Britain - the First Blitz

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The aim of this website is to provide information on all of the air raids, on each of the 103 dates, when German airships or aeroplanes bombed Britain during World War One. It may come as a surprise, but many of the raids bombed small villages rather than major cities as aerial navigation at this time was in its infancy.


Because of this, the details of some raids have been overlooked in the past as they are not easy to locate. A glance at the 'Raid Index' tab will demonstrate the random nature of German bombing.


I hope through this website to highlight this aspect of the First Blitz as well as covering the raids on major towns and cities.


A lot of new research is necessary to uncover this detail, but I hope to keep at least 3 months ahead of the centenary of each raid.


Because of this I would appreciate it if you contact me via the website if you wish to use any of my text for other purposes as I retain the copyright.


This website will continue to develop over the next couple of years until it  eventually tells the complete story of Britain's First Blitz.



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My new book, 'Zeppelin Onslaught', was published in March 2018. Under the sub-title, 'The Forgotten Blitz' this will be the first in a three volume history telling the story of the German air raids on Britain from 1914 to 1918. 'Zeppelin Onslaught' reveals the story of the first full year of aerial attack on Britain.  


By bringing together accounts from all corners of the country, from autobiographies, letters, diaries and newspapers, and weaving them together with official reports, I have been able to present a new and revealing insight into this first war on the Home Front.  

The book is available now from all online retailers, bookshops and the publisher's own website here.


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