Biography of the zepplins during the 1st world war

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The Times History accounts of the Zeppelin air raids on England during the first world war seem to depict the true ferocity and unmatched air superiority early in the war. The chapter specifically addresses the who, what, where, when, why and how the Zeppelins carried out their disastrous air raids. It also goes into great detail to expose how much each air raid damaged England, how many bombs were released by each Zeppelin, when it happened, the specific names of the casualties of the war and it even described how some people died. The material is presented in a chronological order of events starting in May of 1916 to November of 1916.

Obviously the point of view portrayed in the Times History is presented in a way that favors the allies. When a Zeppelin is shot down the Times History tells who did it, how courageous the hero was and that he had put himself in such great danger in order to destroy the airship.

"He [Lieutenant Robinson] attacked an enemy airship under circumstances of great difficulty and danger, and sent it crashing to the ground as a flaming wreck" . For this attack Lieutenant Robinson was later declared as a national hero and received the Victoria Cross for his great bravery. What seems odd in this situation is that the chapter tells how the air raids although fierce and terrifying were executed without precision. Most of the time the airship's had missed their completely, been shot down or bombed farmers fields roads mistaking them for other targets. It's mysterious that Lieutenant Robinson was referred to as a national hero when the book reveals that the air raids were consistently ineffective and off target.

The Times History exposes the casualties suffered by England during the air raids. Not only does...