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1916 Zeppelin wreckage

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The wreckage of a Zeppelin which crashed at Great Burstead near Basildon during World War One. Late on 24th September 1916, the German Zeppelin L32 crashed in flames. The Zeppelins had been flying from across the Channel to bomb towns and cities in England. When the news of the end of this cigar-shaped airship spread, people came from as far away as London to see it and to try to get a souvenir.

Why do you think they did that? Would you have wanted to get a souvenir? What would it have meant?

Find out why it crashed: what happened to the crew?

Added:
29th Sep 2008

Subjects:
Geography, History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Keywords:
Basildon, local history, World War One

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