THE FLATPACK BOMBERS : THE ROYAL NAVY AND THE ZEPPELIN MENACE

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164 pages - 2014 - Used, mint condition
Written by a Brigadier ( Royal Marines ), this fantastic book depicts how both the Royal Navy and the R.N.A.S. had to face the German Zeppelin menace during the First World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special feature Reprint ( Third Edition )
Condition Used, mint condition
Number of pages 164
Published date 2014
Language English
Size 15 x 23 x 1 cm
Author Ian Gardiner
Editor Pen & Sword Military

Description

A word from the author :

 

The reason I wrote The Flatpack Bombers was because the daughter of Flight Lieutenant John Babington* gave me, from her family papers, his first - hand account of the 1914 raid on the Friedrichshafen Zeppelin factory. I had met her father 40 years before, but he was old, and I was young, and I had no idea then of what he had done. But as soon as I read his account, I wanted to write about it. The more I studied and the more I wrote, the more I realised that the significance of this raid had been missed by historians. The Friedrichshafen Raid, the Düsseldorf Raids which preceded it, and the Cuxhaven Raid which followed it, were the first strategic bombing raids in history, and the Cuxhaven Raid was the first real aircraft carrier strike in history. These raids were the genesis of every strategic bombing raid, and every aircraft carrier strike, since. No - one had drawn these threads together and described the importance of these events and that is what I set out to do.

 

Reply from Ian Gardiner to Mehdi Schneyders,

November 24th, 2020.

 

*Air Marshal John Tremayne Babington K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., D.L. ( 1891 - 1979 ).

 

In 1908, H.G. Wells wrote his science fiction thriller The War in the Air in which a fleet of Zeppelin airships crossed the Atlantic and devastated New York. When war broke out with Germany in 1914, many people in Britain feared that London would be laid waste by German airships as soon as the Kaiser gave the order. Zeppelins also meant that the British Navy could do nothing in the North Sea without the risk of being spotted. This " menace ", which no aircraft could match, spurred the British government into creating the Royal Flying Corps. It also led Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy to set about bombing these airships on the ground in 1914. Thus it was that the Royal Naval Air Service, with IKEA - style flatpack aeroplanes, pioneered strategic bombing which led to the Blitz and the massive raids on Germany and Japan in the Second World War. Moreover, the Royal Navy extended its striking range by developing the first aircraft carriers in order to destroy Zeppelins in their bases many miles from the sea.

 

This is the extraordinary story of those first bombing raids. It describes the technical innovations that made them possible, the thrilling exploits of the pilots, and the courage and endurance of their adversaries, the German Zeppelin crews. It also explains why the British nightmare never came about.

 

Every bomber raid, and every aircraft carrier strike operation, owes its genesis to those early naval flyers, and there are ghosts from 1914 which still haunt us today. 

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Ian Gardiner

Ian Ritchie Gardiner ( 1950 ) was born in Scotland, and went to school at Fettes College ( Edinburgh, Scotland ). 


In 1968, at the age of 18, he was commissioned into the Royal Marines. He fought in the Dhofar War ( Oman, 1964 - 1976 ) from 1973 to 1975. He was then decorated for his services with the Omani Distinguished Service Medal for Gallantry. Ian Gardiner also fought in the Falklands War ( 1982 ), commanding a Rifle Company in 45 Commando Royal Marines. For over two years he commanded a Royal Marines detachment in the frigate H.M.S. Diomede and qualified as a Bridge Watchkeeper as well. 


After the I.R.A. ( Irish Republican Army ) bombed the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal ( Kent, England ) in 1989, he was appointed Commandant to help restore the morale of the Royal Marines Band Service. His subsequent command of 40 Commando included his fourth operational tour in Northern Ireland. Ian Gardiner has also been an Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies ( London, England ). 


In his final appointment as Secretary to the Military Committee at N.A.T.O. Headquarters in Brussels ( Belgium ), he was closely involved in the political and strategic direction of the Kosovo conflict ( March 6th, 1998 - June 10th, 1999 ). Holding the rank of Brigadier, Ian Gardiner retired from the Royal Marines in 2001. 


From 2001 to 2004, he was Chief Executive of the Scottish S.P.C.A. ( Society for Prevention and Cruelty to Animals ). Then he began his writing career. His first book, In the Service of the Sultan ( 2006 ), was a first hand account of the Dhofar War. It was released in Arabic in 2010. In 2007, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. 


Today, Ian Gardiner is a keystone speaker on leadership, a Visiting Lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College ( J.S.C.S.C., Watchfield, Oxfordshire, England ), and an author of military history. His second book ( the one presented to you here ) is followed by a third one, The Yompers ( 2012 ), which describes a fighting Royal Marine's perspective of the Falklands War. It was translated into Swedish in 2019. 


( sources : Brigadier Ian Gardiner, www.iangardiner.com, www.da.mod.uk, www.scottishspca.org, Wikipedia ) 


I would like, from the bottom of my heart, to thank Brigadier ( Royal Marines ) Ian Gardiner for his trust, his kindness and his precious help in sharing documents to prepare his short biography. This " venture " could not be possible without his consent and his participation as well. I am deeply grateful to him. " Per Mare, Per Terram ! " 


Mehdi Schneyders.

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