• Short Summary

    Civilians and soldiers work to clear wreck of an airship.

  • Description

    Wreck of the Schutte-Lanz airship at Cuffley - note that this airship was commonly referred to as a Zeppelin at the time.


    Shots of crew cleaning wreckage. Man walks up to Army truck - metal scraps on ground by truck are part of the airship. Pan across a busy scene: policeman in shiny cape stands and watches. Shot of people carrying things past etc. Part of wreckage on ground; some guys pulling at pieces; picking up etc. trying to clear up area. Army; Air Force; etc. some men in civilian dress also; at work.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:10:00 / 01:53:40:00
    ON 176 H

Comments (4)

  1. jamied says

    The shooting down took place in the early hours (approx 2am) of 3rd September 1916.

    The wreck is actually at Cuffley, about 5 minutes from Enfield.

    The title calls the craft a zeppelin, but actually its a Schutte-Lanz airship.

    The craft was shot down by William Leefe Robinson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions that night.

  2. jamied says

    Footage of (William) Leefe Robinson, who shot down this airship, can be seen in clip 1866.34

  3. Jo Koegel says

    This policeman is my grandfather Joseph Norman. He was one of the first policemen on the scene. My mother remembered him coming home smelling of burnt bodies. When my grandfather died we found a piece of the zeppelin at his house.

  4. British Pathé says

    Thanks jamied - we have other footage of this airship here:


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