1st British town hit by a Zeppelin raid

BOOK NORFOLK HOTELS

History on 19th January


Battle of Braddock Down

The Silvertown TNT Plant Explosion

1st British town hit by a Zeppelin raid

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk The 19th of January 1915 AD

When Kaiser Wilhelm gave his agreement to the bombing of civilians by Zeppelin airships, following attacks on German cities by French bombers, it was decided to test the machineís capabilities with a coastal raid, the intended target being the vital port of Hull . Navigational problems meant that the raiders missed Hull, reaching land further south at Great Yarmouth, and moving on to Sheringham and Kings Lynn .

Two Zeppelins were used for this trial. These massive aircraft were 190m long, 13m in diameter and carried crews of up to 40 men.

The Royal Flying Corps attempted to intercept the Zeppelins with their first night time flights, but were unable to do so.

Great Yarmouth became the first British town bombed in WWI , extensive damage being done in the area of St Peterís Plain. Miss Martha Taylor, aged 72, and Mr Sam Smith, 50, were the first British civilians killed in an air raid.

The town would suffer attacks later in the war, this time from the sea, with naval bombardments in 1916 and 1918.

More famous dates here

8489 views since 5th March 2008

Brit Quote:
The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good. - John Locke
More Quotes

On this day:
Vesuvius Erupts - 0079, Battle of Sandwich - 1217, Heworth Moor Skirmish - 1453, Last Traitor Hanged, Drawn and Quartered - 1772, British Cleric Patents Corkscrew - 1795, British Burn Washington - 1814, Factory Act - 1833, Hull Airship Disaster - 1921, Huxley Finishes Brave New World - 1931, First Edinburgh International Festival - 1947
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages