On this day in 1916

Crater of a Zeppelin bomb in Paris, 1916

On this day in 1916, Germans first bombed the City of Paris from zeppelins.

The Zeppelin was an airship named after the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. They were first formulated in 1874.

During World War I, these German airships were operated by the Army and Navy. The missions flown against Paris killed 23 people and injured another 30. But the aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and crashed during the return journey.

Modern Zeppelins are still in use today, but they’re not to be confused with Led Zeppelin.

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