Gott Strafe England: The German Air Assault against Great Britain 1914–1918

Volume 3

Nigel Parker

Examines a variety of aspects of the air war over Britain during the First World War, drawing on unpublished sources.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
216 b/w photos, 12 line drawings, 4 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512752
Pages : 344
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


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?

Volume 3 of Gott Strafe England will look into operations on both sides to show that with every new development, there came a further development to counter it. The theory that the pace of human ingenuity is greatest during wartime is proven in this book, as a variety of newly developed weapons - some truly impractical - will be evaluated. Primary evidence from combatants on each side are used to detail the tactical and strategic concepts developed, with previously unpublished accounts of the commanders and airmen who manned the airships. A unique insight is given into the operations and losses of the Gotha Aeroplane Unit Kagol 3 (the German Bomber Wing tasked with bringing Britain to its knees), as the Zeppelin menace had been proven unable to do so.

Each chapter in this volume deals with an aspect of the air war - making use of the many primary source reports and summaries that are available; an insight is given as to how the military mind worked on both sides of the Channel. Aspects examined include details about the aerodromes and facilities required to mount operations against Britain; the construction techniques used to build the Zeppelins; the information that British Air Intelligence could glean from the wreckage of the airships and aircraft; and reports from its many spies operating on the Continent. Supporting the text are many unique photographs and drawings that give a complete insight into the German air assault against Great Britain - helping to explain why, eventually, the term 'Gott Strafe England' was always going to be an impossible dream in the first industrial arms race.

About The Author

Nigel Parker initially grew up in Kent, where his interest in military aviation developed - and subsequently on moving to Oxfordshire, he became involved in aviation archaeology, which led to his 38-year relationship with the National Archives, Kew and searching out many elusive and forgotten documents (the result of which is being put to good use). Through this work, for seven years he was editor of the Bomber Command Association Newsletter, along with writing the highly acclaimed and definitive study of German Air Force losses over Great Britain in the Second World War: Luftwaffe Crash Archive. Although having had a 31-year career in low temperature engineering, Nigel took the opportunity of early retirement to concentrate fully on his research and writing.


"...this outstanding reference work is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the beginning of strategic bombing."

- Air Power History

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