Battlebags - British Airships in WWI


An Illustrated History

Author: Ces Mowthorpe
Publisher: Sutton Publishing LTD, April 1998
ISBN 0-7509-1518-8
Softcover, 256 pages, measures (in inches) 0.59 x 10.31 x 7.69

About this Book
This is a fully illustrated history of the Royal Naval Air Service airships with over 150 rare photographs. Affectionately named "battlebags" by their crews and "pigs" by the local civilian inhabitants, Britain's airships became mighty weapons against the deadly German U-boat menace in World War One. A complete account of Britain's 226 airships.

This book is an excellent technical history of WWI British airship design. You will find here the design, service history, and a photo of every British airship that entered naval service from pre-war beginnings to the end of military airship operations in the twenties. Included is a detailed map of all airship base locations, a description of mooring techniques before the mooring mast was invented, and a description of flight operations. It is not a campaign book, or a memoir book, but the wealth of technical information should satisfy most ardent blimp buffs.


  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Map
  • Britain's Early Airships
  • Astra-Torres and Parsevals
  • The 'Sea Scouts'
  • The 'Coastals' and 'Coastal Stars'
  • The 'North Seas'
  • The 'SSPs' and 'SSZs' (Zeros)
  • The 'SSEs' and 'SSTs'
  • The SR-1 119
  • The Wartime Rigids
  • Postwar Airships
  • Conclusion
  • Royal Navy Numbering
  • Constructional Details and Drawings
  • RNAS Airship Stations and Sheds
  • RNAS Howden: A Typical War Station
  • Bibliography and Sources
Brand new book, near mint condition, minor crease in lower right corner.

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