Balloons at War: Gasbags, Flying Bombs & Cold War Secrets

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Tempus, 2004 - History - 223 pages
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The first “air force” was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. The American Civil, Franco-Prussian, and First World Wars saw extensive use of balloons, but it was during the Second World War that the balloon saw more new and imaginative uses. Barrage balloons helped prevent incursions by enemy aircraft and new, ingenious uses were found for balloons, including dropping bombs (as used by the Japanese against the USA), destroying enemy aircraft, espionage, and other clandestine operations. For the first time, all of the uses of balloons at war are contained in a single volume.

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A delightful gallop through the history of military ballooning. Comprehensive but not too detailed, the author provides a very useful and readable history of one of the lesser known aspects of ... Read full review


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