Tag: Gustavo Corni

Exalted by nationalist rhetoric, and convinced that it was necessary to sacrifice themselves for the homeland, thousands of young Germans signed up as volunteers. Their baptism of fire was at Langemarck. Thus began a long-lasting myth, exploited by National Socialism.
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917) belongs to the ranks of the genteel pioneers, the ultimately unfortunate counts. A member of the high aristocracy of Württemberg, his military career followed the aristocratic path par excellence: cavalry service. Intrigued by aviation experiments with aerostatic balloons, he began to study the problem of building an aerostatic balloon with a maneuverable rigid structure in the ’80’s. His ideas were initially considered unfeasible, arousing...

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