By Mark Mower
Zeppelin Over Suffolk tells the impressive tale of the destruction of a German airship over East Anglia in 1917. The drama is decided opposed to the backdrop of Germany's aerial bombing crusade on Britain within the First global battle, utilizing a terrifying new weapon, the Zeppelin. The process the raid on that summer time evening is reconstructed in bright element, second through second - the Zeppelin's take off from northern Germany, its gradual trip around the North Sea, the bombing run alongside the East Anglian coast, the pursuit by way of British opponents excessive over Suffolk, and the airship's ultimate moments because it fell to earth in flames close to the village of Theberton within the early morning of 17 June 1917. Mark Mower provides a gripping account of a pivotal episode within the pioneering days of the air warfare over England.
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Zeppelin over Suffolk: The Final Raid of L48 by Mark Mower