Zeppelin Inferno

The Forgotten Blitz 1916

Ian Castle

Ian Castle tells the full story of the 1916 raids on Britain in unprecedented detail in what is the second book in a trilogy that will reveal the complete story of the ‘Forgotten Blitz'.
Date Published :
May 2022
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
32 mono illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399093927
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock


At the beginning of 1916, as the world entered the second full year of global conflict, the cities, towns and villages of Britain continued to lay vulnerable to aerial bombardment. Throughout that period German Zeppelin airships and seaplanes had come and gone at will, their most testing opposition provided by the British weather as the country’s embryonic defenses struggled to come to terms with this first ever assault from the air. Britain’s civilians were now standing on the frontline — the Home Front — like the soldiers who had marched off to war. But early in 1916 responsibility for Britain’s aerial defense passed from the Admiralty to the War Office and, as German air attacks intensified, new ideas and plans made dramatic improvements to Britain’s aerial defense capability.

While this new system could give early warning of approaching raiders, there was a lack of effective weaponry with which to engage them when they arrived. Behind the scenes, however, three individuals, each working independently, were striving for a solution. The results of their work were spectacular; it lifted the mood of the nation and dramatically changed the way this campaign was fought over Britain.

The German air campaign against Britain in the First World War was the first sustained strategic aerial bombing campaign in history. Despite this, it has become forgotten against the enormity of the Blitz of the Second World War, although for those caught up in the tragedy of these raids, the impact was every bit as devastating. In Zeppelin Inferno Ian Castle tells the full story of the 1916 raids in unprecedented detail in what is the second book in a trilogy that will reveal the complete story of Britain’s ‘Forgotten Blitz’.

About The Author

Ian Castle began writing military history over thirty years ago but for the last twelve years has focused on Germany’s First World War air raids against Britain. Initially exploring the London raids, his later research extended to include attacks across the whole country. He is currently working on a three-volume history of the raids. In addition to writing books, Ian regularly contributes articles to magazines and journals and has been involved in a number of television documentaries detailing this early air campaign. Besides giving regular talks on the subject, Ian has also built an extensive website highlighting these early air raids.


"It's a heroic research effort to pour through newspaper and military archives, especially because German and British sources are consulted."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"Zeppelin Inferno is bound to become a standard reference about military aviation from more than a century ago."

- Aviation History Magazine

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