Zeppelin – Walk A First World War air-raid route

  • Historical Walking tour

  • 195 GBP - Private Group Price

  • 2,5 Hours Duration

  • Your Private Guide: Mark King

  • Guide Language: English


Just weeks after the outbreak of what was to become ‘the war to end all wars,’ the word ‘Zeppelin’ introduced a chilling new terror to Londoners and across other parts of the British Isles.

On this walk, we’ll follow the path of destruction from Holborn into the heart of the City of London as experienced during the City’s deadliest air-raid. On the fateful night of 8-9 September 1915, Zeppelin L13 was commanded by one of the most resolute pioneers of this new form of aerial warfare, Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Mathy.

Along the way, hear about the military, social and economic context of this deadly new strategy targeting civilians in their homes. Did it succeed? How did the government and the public respond?

These dramatic air-ship raids were followed in 1917 by bombing raids using fixed-wing bombers, so you’ll come to understand how these traumatic events shaped planning in the inter-war years, leading with inexorable tragedy to the Blitz of the Second World War.

Read more about your guide: Mark King

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