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The Zeppelin Museum III – Military Zeppelins – Part 1

Posted By on 12. August 2009

The Zeppelin Museum has a reasonably big exhibition dedicated to the military use of Zeppelins, which delighted me no end. As I have noted before, I am a militaristic steampunk.

The effectiveness of Zeppelins during the Great War is a matter of ongoing debate. Most Zeppelins were either shot down or lost to accidents, on the other hand, the Allied High Command was afraid enough of them, especially the capability to conduct bombing raids against London, to deploy considerable forces to defend agains those raids. These forces were tied down and could not be used elswhere. So, strategically at least, Zeppelins were a success.

Also, accoding to some sources, Wilhelm II preassured his generals to use Zeppelins in the armed forces, because he liked them and they were immensely popular with the German populace. The military experts of the German Empire frowned upon the idea, considering them little more than expensive toys.

After the Great War the US and other military forces experimented with Zeppelins, airships and Blimps with varying degrees of success. Many of these were lost in accidents, too, and nowadays they are no longer used in any sort of military capability. The reasons are obvious, Zeppelins, aiships and Blims are big and slow and ths would make easy targets, so the military use of these majestic giants has moved to the pages of history books.

How sad and uncivilized…

Here are some images I took:

A Zeppelin’s enlisted crew member’s uniform:

Uniform, Zeppelin crew

 And here’s a uniform of a commanding officer (I like the bow tie):

Zeppelin’s Captain’s Uniform

 And the final picture for today, images of a complete crew:

A Zeppelin’s crew

This concludes today’s entry, there will be a part two to this.


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