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Gothas over England

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Bessant Dr

Kew

TW9 4DU

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On 13 June 1917, the German Army launched their first successful raid on London using Gotha bomber aircraft, inflicting the most casualties of any single raid in the First World War.

London required a complete overhaul of its air defences including the introduction of public air raid warnings, air raid shelters and barrage balloons - defences more commonly associated with the Blitz of the Second World War.

Drawing on official documents and eyewitness accounts, Ian Castle will discuss the impact of the first bomber raids on England and their lasting effect.


We run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.

For more information on our First World War 100 programme, please visit: nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war.

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