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    Footage of the remains of a downed Zeppelin wreck in France.

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    Zeppelin wreck. France.

    World War One. Disasters; aviation; airship. Spectacular Zeppelin dirigible wreck in France. Lots of great film of huge airship crashed in a field in France. ECU twisted mangled etc. part of German Zeppelin. Slow pan over frame. men under part of it. Pan on intact part of body; with German cross symbol ... continue pan from farther back on Zeppelin lying in trees; bushes. Crowd in distance watching.

    More CU's on parts. Man bending over looking at parts. Another slow pan. Men walking up rode next to the wreck -- with intact part of the craft showing. More of the twisted frame. Aeroplane flying over the mess. Shot under part of it; showing tear in the cover; Pan underneath the 'balloon' part; showing the small compartment for crew; shaped like a mini Zeppelin hooked on bottom of the big one.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:07:21:00 / 01:12:12:00
    ON 068 B

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  1. Unknown user says

    Notes from a viewer: The description describes the film as showing the wreck of a Zeppelin. However, it is actually a combination of more than one wreck. The intact Zeppelin L.49, the name of which is visible in the film, crash landed 20th Oct 1917 near Bourbonne-Les-Bains and was captured by the French.

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  2. MikeAsh says

    Ian Castle's book 'London 1914-17 The Zeppelin Menace' states (p.89) that Kapitanleutnant Gayer brought L.49 down in a wood in France after the last bombing raid by Zeppelins on London of WW1, where it was captured intact by French troops. As an R Class Zeppelin it was 649ft (216m) in length. The film shows some good detail of the engine units. The burned wreck may be that of L.45 which bombed London that same night but was damaged and brought down in a riverbed near Sisterons in southern France. There the crew set fire to the ship before surrendering to a group of French soldiers. L.44 was also burnt out.

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