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Backstory: > On the night of October 19, 1917, eleven German zeppelins slowly ascended from their depots and headed toward the English coast on what was expected to be a 25-hour raid. Although hampered by British anti-aircraft guns, they managed to drop all of their bombs, killing 34 people and wounding 56 others. > > When the zeppelins attempted to return to base, they ran into headwinds and fog; eight of the 11 accidentally crossed the Alsatian border into Central France. Four were lost: two were destroyed by Allied gunfire, and two were forced to descend by French aviators of the “Crocodile” Squadron. > > Zeppelin L-49, shown here, was forced to land at Bourbonne-les-Baines, and so became the first German airship captured intact.
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would be a good starting scene to a steam punk novel.