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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My fascination with the German air raids on Britain in the First World War led to countless weeks of research at the UK's National Archives in London exploring the Air Ministry: Air Historical Branch: Papers (Series 1) (AIR 1), and those of the War Office: Military Headquarters: Correspondence and Papers, First World War series (WO 158). These sources offer an extraordinary insight into the effect of these air raids on Britain in WW1 and I have used the raw information to create this website.


This website offers an account of all 103 German air raids on Britain in WW1. I have also used this information to create a Raid Index listing the names of all places bombed, alongside the date of the raid, to make it easier for visitors to track down the story of the raids in their own areas. This is the first time an Index of this type has been created and can be accessed from the 'Raid Index' tab. The Index clearly demonstrates the random nature of German bombing in WW1 at a time when aerial navigation was in its infancy.


Because of the huge amount of work I have undertaken to create this website I would appreciate it if you get in touch with me first via the 'Contact' tab if you wish to use any of my text for purposes other than private research as I retain the copyright.




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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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