Lz 99 Chester Mohn

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Lz 99  by  Chester Mohn

Lz 99 by Chester Mohn
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1918The zeppelin, which held such promise at the beginning of the war, was no longer a viable weapon. In 1915, zeppelins roamed unmolested throughout Europe, the weather their worst enemy. Although their efficiency as bombers was questionable, theyMore1918The zeppelin, which held such promise at the beginning of the war, was no longer a viable weapon. In 1915, zeppelins roamed unmolested throughout Europe, the weather their worst enemy. Although their efficiency as bombers was questionable, they hit hard at enemy morale.

The Germans could strike at France, Belgium, England and even Russia any time they chose. Europe’s capitals had seen the giants overhead and their citizens run in panic from falling death.The Allies learned to retaliate. First, artillery men pointed their guns skyward and using the timed fuses designed to shower infantry with shrapnel, began developing accurate and effective anti-aircraft fire. The war accelerated the evolution of airplane design and soon the primitive box-kites with speeds of barely sixty miles an hour gave way to the powerfully engined planes with forward mounted machine guns stalking the skies.

In 1916, someone came up with the clever idea of coating bullets in phosphorus that ignited as they left the gun barrel, the incendiary bullet. They left a clear trail in the sky, and became known as tracers. The Allies now had the means of putting a burning match to the highly inflammable zeppelin. Flaming death, the nightmare of zeppelin crews, was now closer to reality.The Zeppelin Company countered with lighter, faster airships capable of out-climbing any Allied aircraft and flying well above anti aircraft fire. Unfortunately technology moved at a stately pace in the zeppelin world, while with winged aircraft it bounded ahead.

The zeppelins took so long to build they were obsolete before they were airborne. By 1917, it was very apparent the zeppelin was a failure as a weapon of war. Before his death, even Count von Zeppelin had abandoned his invention and turned much of the Zeppelin facilities to the design and production of Gotha twin-engine winged bombers. Captain Otto von Buch, commander of the 12th Naval Aero Squadron stationed at Elmsdorf, knew, as did most zeppelin men, that they were a small sideshow in the circus of the war.By January, 1918.

Germany is searching desperately for some way to break the stalemate. A plan is submitted by Captain Otto von Buch, commander of a zeppelin, the world’s first strategic bombers. A craft more dangerous to the crew than any bomb it might carry.

Although the German High Command gives the plan, called “Operation Volant”, the go ahead, there are reservations based on moral reasons.Thanks to the efforts of dedicated intelligence operatives in Germany, the Allies become aware of the operation, but have no details on the targets or the scope of the operation. It is up to Lance Reynolds, an American officer planted in the Zeppelin Company before the war, to escape from Germany and stop Buch from killing millions.A fast paced thriller about a little known piece of history.



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