Postcard of German zeppelin that crashed on Fanø

Photograph/Postcard

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English

Denmark managed to remain neutral during the First World War. However, because of its geographic position between Germany and England, Danish neutrality was violated on several occasions. In these cases Denmark had the obligation, according to international law, to detain foreign soldiers violating the Danish neutrality.

This picture shows the German Zeppelin L3 after crashing on the Danish island of Fanø. In January 1915 the airship took part in the first air raid on England and was hit by engine problems and bad weather during a reconnaissance mission over the North Sea. On February 17 that year the lieutenant commander Hans Fritz had to make a forced landing on Fanø after a failed attempt to reach the Zeppelin base by the town of Tønder. After the crash landing the airship was deliberately set on fire, and the crew was interned in Odense (island of Funen).

Danish

Danmark var under Første Verdenskrig neutral. På grund af Danmarks geografiske placering mellem Tyskland og England blev den danske neutralitet dog ved flere lejligheder krænket. Danmark var i sådanne tilfælde folkeretligt forpligtiget til at internere udenlandske styrker, der krænkede den danske neutralitet. På billedet ses den tyske Zeppeliner L3, som er styrtet ned på den danske ø Fanø, der før grænseslutningen i 1920 lå nær den tyske grænse. L3, der i januar 1915 havde deltaget i det første luftangreb på England, blev på en rekognosceringsopgave i Nordsøen overrasket af motorproblemer og dårligt vejr. I et forgæves forsøg på at nå Luftskibsbasen i Tønder måtte Kaptajnløjtnant Hans Fritz den 17. februar nødlande på Fanø. Skibet blev af besætningen efterfølgende stukket i brand, og besætningen blev interneret i Odense.

Transcript

Transcript

English

The burned out remains of the German Zeppelin L3 on the beach of the island of Fanø.
Length: 160 m.
Diameter: 17 m.
Net weight: 28.000 kg
4 petrol driven engines of 720 hp in total
4 mahogany propellers, each of 5 m. in diameter
Date of crash: February 17, 1915

Danish

Ruiner af Zeppelineren L.3. paa Fanø Strand.
Længde 160 M.
Diameter 17 M.
Egenvægt 28000 Kg.
4 Benzinmotorer i alt 720 HK
4 Mahognipropeller a 5 M. Diameter
Nedstyrtningsdato 17 Februar 1915.

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Postcard of German zeppelin that crashed on Fanø
Published
1915
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Photograph / Postcard
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