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Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915–18

Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915–18 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2018 Title Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915–18
Author Jon Guttman Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2018 ISBN 9781472820334
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $20.00


Jon Guttman explores England's answers to early German terror-bombing in Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915–18 – 85th in Osprey's "Duel" range.

Author Guttman superbly sets the stage with notes on Zeppelin development and nascent fighter technologies – followed by a compact chronology. Design notes and technical remarks follow.  And after summarizing competing combatants, Osprey's opus achieves apex with illuminating accounts of Great War aerial combat over Britain.

Osprey's splendid study concludes with statistical analyses, selected bibliography, and index. Brilliantly helpful illustrations, photos, biographies, sidebars, tables, and maps cap this compact chronicle.

Throughout history, combatants relentlessly sought advantage over enemies. And advancements in technology often paved paths to victory. Not here. Imperial Germany staged 51 airship raids on Britain – and lost a proportionately staggering 30 airships from all causes. Future attacks in another war, however, would change that calculus.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!