How fearless British pilots downed giant German Zeppelins using exploding DARTS in the First World War

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It was the logical way to take out targets that were essentially massive balloons filled with flammable gas.

When British First World War pilots were asked to destroy German Zeppelins, they did not turn to guns - but a giant exploding dart.

Now one of the foot-long steel-tipped darts is being sold at auction, without the explosives, and is expected to fetch £1,200.

British biplane pilots would fly above the giant airships - filled with highly flammable hydrogen - lean over the side of the cockpit and drop the darts on top of them.

The projectile was designed to puncture the canvas skin of the balloon, drop inside and then explode, igniting the hydrogen....

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