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  • WW1 Weapons: The Zeppelin

    This thread is devoted for talk about the zeppelin. I am currently doing some research so that I can write up a nice report on these vehicles. What are people's thoughts on them? What was their impact on WW1?
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    Probably a negligible impact militarily, but they heralded a new facet of warfare - attack from the sky. It meant that all future wars would be fought in three dimensions, not just on the ground.

    This in turn would lead to almost endless possibilities - attacking civilian targets far behind the front lines for example.

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      Here's some questions. Did the zepplins of WW1 fall under the navy? I thought I read that somewhere. What size bomb load did they carry? Number of crew? How did they get men to serve on these flying bombs? They poked along, a good wind could do them in, and god help you if there's a spark from static electricity. What was the life expectancy of a zepplin crew? I sure can not question the bravery of their crews though. Thanks

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      • #4
        Ok, some partial answers to your questions. Zeppelins did not necessarily fall under the command of the navy. Although the navy possed the most zeppelins in Germany's Armed Forces the army also controlled a few. The navy used their's the most and were in charge of bombing England, however, sometimes the Army would participate in raids.
        I do not know what the life expectancy was of a Zeppelin crew but 40% of all Zeppelin crew's were casulties.
        Another interesting fact: The cost of building the Zeppelins was more than five times the cost of the damage they inflicted.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Napoleon
          Ok, some partial answers to your questions. Zeppelins did not necessarily fall under the command of the navy. Although the navy possed the most zeppelins in Germany's Armed Forces the army also controlled a few. The navy used their's the most and were in charge of bombing England, however, sometimes the Army would participate in raids.
          I do not know what the life expectancy was of a Zeppelin crew but 40% of all Zeppelin crew's were casulties.
          Another interesting fact: The cost of building the Zeppelins was more than five times the cost of the damage they inflicted.
          Thanks for the answers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Napoleon
            Another interesting fact: The cost of building the Zeppelins was more than five times the cost of the damage they inflicted.
            Yikes! I guess that's why they didn't catch on to the degree that airplanes did!

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              Exactly, by the end of the war heavy bombers were being used by both sides far more effectively than Zeppelins. They just couldn't compete in efficiency, and bomb capacity. The impact of the Zepellin on the First World War was more of a pyschological impact than anything else.
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              • #8
                How much bombs could a zepplin carry?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PvtJohnson
                  How much bombs could a zepplin carry?
                  I have been doing some research on zepplins, but I haven't come across an exact number.
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                  • #10
                    only a few kilos <( a few hundred in later series. will find exact numbers for the only 100 or so zepps that were built.

                    it not an efficient weapon.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by piero1971
                      only a few kilos <( a few hundred in later series. will find exact numbers for the only 100 or so zepps that were built.

                      it not an efficient weapon.
                      It is was a very bad weapon. It was only good for field observations.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by piero1971
                        only a few kilos <( a few hundred in later series. will find exact numbers for the only 100 or so zepps that were built.

                        it not an efficient weapon.
                        How come they could carry so little? I thought zepplins could carry a ridiculous amount of bombs.
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                        • #13
                          The Germans had one Zeppelin fleet for the navy and one for the army. Using different models.

                          Certainly didn't help with the cost-effectivity

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                          • #14
                            payload for ZEppelins was from 2.8 tons for earlier models to 60tons on later models. but that's total payload, not ordnance.

                            bomb payload was in the 2 ton range for the 1917 raids on paris.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by piero1971
                              payload for ZEppelins was from 2.8 tons for earlier models to 60tons on later models. but that's total payload, not ordnance.

                              bomb payload was in the 2 ton range for the 1917 raids on paris.
                              That is good to know.
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