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    Zeppelin / The Eagle Hut interest; A 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife Made From Part Of Zeppelin / The Eagle Hut interest; A 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife Made From Part Of
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    Zeppelin / The Eagle Hut interest; A 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife Made From Part Of Zeppelin / The Eagle Hut interest; A 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife Made From Part Of

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    WW1 Zeppelin / The Eagle Hut interest; A 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife Made From Part Of German Zeppelin L.15 Brought Down In The Thames Estuary On The Night Of 31st March 1916 Presented To Mrs Frederick Braund From Workers At The Eagle Hut 1918 & Stand. - 14565

    The WW1 German Zeppelin L-15 combat airship was 536 feet long and could carry a two-ton bomb load. After its commissioning in September 1915 it conducted eight scouting missions and three raids. On its last mission it was brought down in the Thames Estuary in the early hours of 1 April 1916 (night of the 31st March). The story of her capture was given in the official communiques as follows. On the morning of April 1st the Admiralty announced: “During the night a damaged Zeppelin was observed to come down off the Thames estuary ; on being approached by our patrol- vessels she surrendered ; the crew were taken off her, and she was taken in tow, but she subsequently broke up and sank.” Later, the War Office stated : “ The Zeppelin reported by the Admiralty to have fallen into the sea was the ‘L 15.’ She was hit by gun-fire while over the Eastern Counties, the shell striking the upper part of the ship near the tail. After being hit she quickly dropped to a lower altitude, well down by the tail, and finally came down into the sea off the coast of Kent”. The task of rescuing the crew of the wrecked airship fell to the steam-trawler “Olivine” commanded by Lieut. W. R. Macintosh, R.N.R. One account states that the Zeppelin was observed .at about 3: 3o a.m. on April 1st floating on the sea, with the crew on top of the envelope. As the Olivine approached they held up their hands in sign of surrender, and were taken on board. There were 2 officers and 17 men ; one man had been drowned when the airship fell into the sea. Later, the survivors were transferred to another ship, which landed them at Chatham (A contemporary image of the Zeppelin L.15 before being shot down and a contemporary newspaper article drawing of the Olivine recuing crew from the downed L.15 are illustrated in image 3). This 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife was contemporarily made from part of the L.15 wreck. Made of lightweight alloy and copper it measures 10¼” overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side " Part Of Zeppelin L.15 Brought Down In Thames Estuary Night Of 31st March 1916", and the reverse inscribed "To Mrs Frederick Braund. A Remembrance From Workers At The Eagle Hut, Strand, October 1918", (The Eagle Hut was the YMCA that provided British and American servicemen away from home in the UK with a place to eat, drink, relax and write letters home. The Hut served around 2 million meals between August 1917 and August 1919, and was run by 800 volunteers, mostly women. The letter opener comes with its wood desk top presentation stand presentation stand which is 13 ¼” x 2 ¾” x 1 ¾”.The base of the stand has 4 pinned white ball feet. The price for this piece of WW1 history includes UK delivery. Sn 14565
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    Manufactured YearWW 1
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