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WW1 A to Z - Z is for Zeppelin

Duration: 01:46

Newsreel, photographs and a school child’s commentary give an account of the Zeppelin raids on Britain which began in January 1915. This was the first time civilian populations had been attacked from the air. Around 1,400 British people were killed in the Zeppelin raids, which also caused widespread damage. In a dramatic monologue, Stanley Joseph Grimes, aged 10, tells us about the Zeppelins he saw on their way to bomb London. He recalls seeing the wreckage of a Zeppelin that was shot down at Cuffley near Potters Bar, in 1916. This was the first Zeppelin to be brought down on British soil. Zeppelins would never again enjoy a reputation for being ‘invincible’.

Available since: Fri 11 Apr 2014

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A compilation of films on different aspects of WWI using drama, archive and animation.

First broadcast: 11 Apr 2014

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