On this day in 1915, four people were killed and 16 injured in the first air raid on Britain during World War I.
The bombs were dropped on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn on the eastern coast of England by two German zeppelins. The zeppelin was invented in 1900, and was a motor-driven rigid airship that looks similar to our modern day blimps.
According to History.com, these airships weren’t very safe. They were “vulnerable to explosion because they had to be lifted by highly flammable hydrogen gas instead of non-flammable helium gas.”
The 1915 raid “prompted alarmist stories about German agents using car headlights to guide zeppelins to their targets, and there was even a rumour that a zeppelin was operating from a concealed base,” according to Wikipedia.