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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: L33 airship's Log Book
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 21:16:24 -0000
My posting doesn't actually suggest that Lord French was responsible for
home defence in 1915, I don't know enough about home defence to suggest
that. What my posting states is that he was involved in the defence against
zeppelins by 1916.
He was certainly involved with the L33 in September 1916 as I have have
pictures of him at Little Wigborough inspecting the airship and debriefing
one of the families in the New Hall Farm cottages which very narrowly
escaped the crash.
If your mother could remember how old she was at the time, you might be able
to determine which if the zeppelins she saw.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robin I Morgan" <>
To: "Colleen" <>; <>
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: [Ess] L33 airship's Log Book
> In 1915 home defence was NOT one of Sir John French's
> responsibilities. He was much too busy organising the
> slaughter of the BEF in France. He was relieved of
> that command only in December 1915 by Sir Douglas Haig
> who led the Army to a resounding victory in 1918 (and
> it was) despite having tried to wipe out his forces in
> the intervening years.
> My mother, who was under ten at the time and living in
> North London recalled seeing one of the Zeppelins come
> down in flames, but she never remembered which one.
> Woking (Surrey not Alberta)
> --- Colleen <> wrote:
>> Surprisingly, it took devastating bombings
>> throughout 1915 for the British
>> military, Lord French & the Royal Flying Corps -
>> many of them based at Essex
>> airfields like Sutton's Farm in Hornchurch & North
>> Weald - to develop the
>> tactics (and the shells) which would damage this
>> flimsy covering.
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