The zeppelin is a large cigar shaped balloon used mostly for reconnaissance and transport due to the fact that these balloons can carry thousands of pounds, and these airships were also used to release bombs on the front lines of trenches or were sometimes used to intimidate soldiers on opposing sides. The zeppelin is held in the air by a lighter than air gas called hydrogen and is propelled by hundreds of engines. This weapon was invented and tested by Ferdinand Von Zeppelin. Ferdinand's first successful balloon trial was in a summer of the early 1900's.
The zeppelin was used mostly in the north sea to monitor UK transport goods, and German military leaders were also prepared to launch an attack on England if necessary.
IMPACT AND CONSEQUENCES
-COULD CARRY THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF THINGS
-EASILY PILOTED AND MANNED BY NOT MANY PEOPLE
-USED FOR RECON
-SCARED AND INTIMIDATED SOLDIERS EASILY
-CAUSED AS MUCH DAMAGE AS THE MAKING OF THE ZEPPELINS COST
-USUALLY OUT OF REACH OF STANDARD WEAPONRY
-EASILY SPOTTED AND SHOT DOWN
-COSTED A LOT OF MONEY
Zeppelins, while not the most powerful on their own, can drop bombs as well as strike deep psychological fear in the hearts of soldiers and citizens on the north sea's borders. Leaders throughout the war realized it was not as necessary for them to use bombs as people on the opposing force were afraid of zeppelins despite whether they attacked or not.