D'Orcy's Airship Manual; An International Register of Airships with a Compendium of the Airship's Elementary Mechanics

D'Orcy's Airship Manual; An International Register of Airships with a Compendium of the Airship's Elementary Mechanics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...a success. The smooth working of the Zeppelin fleet was further facilitated by a total lack of any efficient Allied anti-airship defense system. Anti-aircraft guns, and principally rangefinders, were still in their infancy; and destroyeraeroplanes, which were to blow up the airships with incendiary bombs or darts, existed mainly in popular fancy. Germany's naval airships proved equally formidable, for though little has come to be known about their reconnaissance work, one of them was "iron-crossed" for "cooperation with a submarine in a successful attack on three British armored cruisers," as the Berlin version runs. The exploit referred to was the sinking of H. M. ships Hogue, Aboukir, and Cressy by the German submarine U. Q. In view of the undoubted military achievements of the Zeppelin it seems pitiable that its record should have been soiled from the very beginning of the war by the despicable practice of terrorizing peaceful populations through an indiscriminate destruction of lives and homes. The practice of dropping bombs on undefended towns and villages, which from sporadic attempts gradually developed into a highly systematized policy, cannot be qualified but as piracy and murder, and it is to be hoped that its perpetrators will not escape just chastisement when the Allied High Court assembles to pass upon such and similar acts committed in the name of German Kultur. The losses incurred by the German airship fleet in the early part of the war, chiefly in the first nine months, were considerable. Some vessels were shot down, others were captured on their moorings, still others were destroyed by storms; but nearly all were lost through reckless handling by officers unfamiliar with war-time conditions or willing...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236865529
  • 9781236865526