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germany - book - zeppelin: der mensch - der kampfer - der sieger by dr. adolf saager. graf ferdinand von zeppelin’s biography in the original storage box - signed by dr. hugo eckner

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – ZEPPELIN: DER MENSCH – DER KAMPFER – DER SIEGER by DR. ADOLF SAAGER. GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S BIOGRAPHY IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – SIGNED BY DR. HUGO ECKNER

    SKU: 21-200

    $295.00

    This is an engrossing, German-language biography of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). Von Zeppelin had cultivated a longtime interest in airships before he even thought of producing them. He came to the USA as an observer of the Union Army’s balloon operations during 1863. Although he was still a German Army officer, he did not have an overly successful career. He retired as a Generalmajor in about 1890. It was then that he began his airship production efforts in earnest. The German public was captivated by the sight of zeppelins flying across Germany. The German public was always generous and supportive of efforts to advance German aviation. After one of the early zeppelins crashed, a large donation program was begun and a substantial sum raised. This enabled von Zeppelin to further his experiments and develop bigger and better airships. Prior to WW I more than 30,000 Germans flew on more than zeppelin 1,500 flights, with no substantial problems. As the clouds of WW I began to form, the German Army and Navy realized the zeppelins’ potential for scouting and bombing roles. The Navy had a higher profile with zeppelins than did the Army. While their actual contribution to the war effort was more psychological than material, the zeppelins did leave their mark. Peter Strasser, commander of the Navy Zeppelins (1876-1918), was a hero in Germany. For his efforts, he was awarded with the presentation of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Strasser died in a fiery crash in 1918, while leading…

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