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The Zeppelin War: The archaeology of the First Blitz. Dr Neil Faulkner. 29th Jan 2013.

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The Zeppelin War: the archaeology of the First Blitz

A lecture by Dr Neil Faulkner

29th January 2013


Hosted by

The Fusiliers Museum London

in the Officer's Mess of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

HM Tower of London

Between early 1915 and late 1918 the Germans mounted the first strategic bombing campaign in history. London was the main target, but bombs were dropped across wide swathes of Britain, even as far north as Scotland.

The British response was to develop history’s first comprehensive air-defence system, one that in almost every respect anticipated the equally pioneering system created in the late 1930s. 

In a sense, between 1915 and 1918, it turned the whole of Britain into a single vast battlefield.

This lecture will summarise the story of the 1915-1918 air war over Britain and report on the results of the first archaeological project designed to investigate its remains in the landscape.

Neil Faulkner works as a freelance lecturer, editor, writer, excavator and occasional broadcaster. He lectures widely in archaeology, ancient history, classical civilisation, modern history, and current affairs. He is Editor of the popular magazine Military History Monthly, an Honorary Research Fellow at Bristol University, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

 If you would like to attend this lunchtime talk, please make a donation of £25 for each attendee (£20 for members of the Battlefields Trust) and email your name, contact number and any special requirements (dietary/mobility) to If you have any questions, please ring 0207 387 6620. We look forward to welcoming you.

Our 2013 lecture series continues

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19th March Military History of Magna Carta

17th April Jacobite Rebellions


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