Zeppelins - Majestic and Deadly Airships of WW1

You are sitting in a trench during World War I watching the ground for possible attack. Suddenly, a bomb hits your trench—from the air? Scholars analyze the first use of airships in warfare in an installment of a video series on the Great War. A short clip on the Zeppelins of the First World War starts a discussion on the impact of warfare from the skies. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare and contrast Zeppelins to today's Goodyear Blimp
  • Create extension lessons with the investigation of WWI pilots and materials used in air combat: WWI Air Warfare 
Classroom Considerations


  • Audio and visual learners benefit from the video clip format
  • Lesson provides primary source photographs from World War I