Named after their creator, Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, he intended them for use in the worlds firs try airline. Zeppelins were usually used for reconnaissance missions, however the Nazis did manage to carry out a number of successful strategic bombings raids by during the Great War over Belgium, London and Paris. Highly affected by bad weather and vulnerability to ground fire spelled the demise of the ships use in the war.
In the early hours of January 1st 1915 , the HMS Formidable was sank by a German U-Boat, not far off the coast of Devon. Although there was rumour of possible nearby enemy vessels, bad weather at the time made the commanding officers think that a submarine attack would be unlikely.
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