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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling history of a capital in the Front Line for the first time, 11 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War (Hardcover)
Engrossing history of how the capital fared during the 1914-1918 conflict. London wasn't the only place on the UK mainland that was raided by German airships and bomber aircraft during the First World War, but it was obviously a prestige target for the enemy, and its population density meant that the psychological impact of bombs being dropped on British mainland for the first time - with the British authorities seemingly powerless to stop them, at first - was intensified. When airships first appeared in the skies over London - picked out by searchlights - people used to stand out in the streets and watch, and were more likely to be killed or injured by falling shrapnel from their anti-aircraft guns than from enemy bombs. When the casualities from bombing started to rack-up - and unrestricted submarine warfare resulting in the sinking of the liner RMS Lusitania in May 1915, leaving 1,198 passengers and crew dead - German and other foreign nationals, many of who had been domiciled in London for years before the outbreak of hostilities, where cruelly targeted for reprisals by angry local populaces, driven from their homes and businesses, and often interned. Jerry White gives an insightful, fact-driven account, compellingly written; much of his evidence is based on contemporary testimony from diaries written at the time. This book is highly recommended.
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