Wednesday, March 30, 2011

U.S. Dirigible (Zeppelin) during World War 1

U.S. Dirigible in Flight 
Series No. 12 222679

Passed by Censor, Washington, D.C. (Card is sent during World War I)

Photo by Underwood & Underwood

postmarked in 1918 with a 2 cents George Washington stamp

the sender writes:

Lincoln old boy, I am going to leave for across the pond on the 30th.  Will bid you goodby and goodluck to you and Newman.  Hoping this finds you will.

I remain your friend,
TJ Barrett (U.S.Navy) Florida

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During WWI Dirigibles were used in for air patrol operations to search for enemy submarines and also to escort convoys of ships. 

They proved to be inaccurate when used for weapons. Navigation, target selection and bomb-aiming proved to be difficult under the best of conditions. The darkness, high altitudes and clouds that were frequently encountered by Zeppelin missions reduced accuracy even further. The physical damage done by the Zeppelins over the course of World War 1 was trivial, and the deaths that they caused (though visible) amounted to a few hundred at most. 

2 comments:

Aritha said...

This is an interesting posting. Thanks.

playmobil zoo said...

World War I always remind me of the time of my great grand mother. I am very lucky to say that good thing I was born in 1900's.