Tuesday night there was a Ch4 programme about the German Zeppelin raids on England and how they were (eventually) dealt with: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/attack-of-the-zeppelins/4od Missing from this programme was the fact that Germans started deliberately bombing civilians from the air only three weeks after the war started, with a Zeppelin raid on Antwerp on 25th August 1914. Also missing was the fact that the first Zepp to be destroyed by us was downed by the Royal Navy in 1915, on 6th. Flight Sub Lieutenant Warneford RNAS had a go at it with his machine gun but this did no useful damage. So he stalked his target for two hours, slowly climbing to 13,000 feet in his rickety, primitive aeroplane until he could drop bombs on the airship from above. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for this exploit.