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What is a "barrage balloon", anyway?

I always wondered!

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wickedgillie
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Some sort of zeppelin?
np_complete
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Close, according to unfolded73!
platypus
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.
np_complete
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
unfolded73 and glory_jean have posted likely-sounding answers: are they close to what you remember?
unfolded73
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.
glory_jean
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)
np_complete
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!
glory_jean
Apr. 30th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I imagine blocking the German's strafing runs would be the most important function. (If it worked)
np_complete
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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