The Military Historian and Economist Volume 3

The Military Historian and Economist Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...dense mist, four airships under Captains Stabbert, Coolie, Schwander and Hausger passed over the French battle zone where, according to French news, they were shot down or forced to land. No details regarding the fate of the vessels or their crews are available at present." Here again one must pause to take a pinch of salt, for the French news as made known to the world outside of Germany gave details of the capture, the safety of some of the crews and the loss of another raider which went to its doom on the west coast, even farther astray than the others. Now what robbed the raiders of their anticipated victory, or in plain English, what killed the super and the other Zeppelins? "Adverse wind and dense mist," says the Admiralty. These surely are little things to down such mighty air machines. Let us not take the word of the Admiralty but examine for ourselves the weather conditions, particularly the winds, fogs and temperature over the line of flight and south as far as the Mediterranean. So far as we can judge the German aero-graphers did not make a poor forecast of the weather. They lacked full reports such as are now available through the courtesy of the British Meteorological Office, but they had data enough to warrant a fair or rather favorable weather forecast. We hold no brief for them, and they need no defence. In days before the war some of these forecasters were our co-workers in exploring the upper air. They are not novices and they made no mistake on that quiet afternoon in advising the High Command that the weather map as made at the Seewarte indicated pleasant weather. Conditions were just right. A gentle southwest wind was blowing over the Flanders Plain. For the first time during October the northern edge of the more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236660234
  • 9781236660237