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What is a "barrage balloon", anyway?

I always wondered!



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Apr. 28th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Some sort of zeppelin?
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Close, according to unfolded73!
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Tempted to try to answer without the benefit of Google, just to see how wrong I am. I did look it up once, ages ago.
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
unfolded73 and glory_jean have posted likely-sounding answers: are they close to what you remember?
Apr. 28th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
My understanding is that they were zeppelin-looking balloons that made it harder for the German bombers to hit their intended targets during the Blitz. Not sure if they threw off the radar or what, exactly.
Apr. 28th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
That's what I was coming to say too.

DH says they were fairly ineffective countermeasures to throw off the aim and deflect any bombs that might happen to strike them.

ETA: I think they also kept them from doing strafing runs.

Edited at 2012-04-28 10:31 am (UTC)
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
I think they also kept them from doing strafing runs.

Kept the Germans from doing them? That's good, isn't it? Mind you, I doubt they'd be much of an impediment to a falling bomb!
Apr. 30th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I imagine blocking the German's strafing runs would be the most important function. (If it worked)
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of them, not even in shows set in wartime London, until suddenly Rose was dangling from one!
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