A Grandstand Seat: The American Balloon Service in World War by Eileen Lebow

By Eileen Lebow

The little-known American Balloon carrier labored in strive against to aid direct artillery hearth extra adequately and supply crucial intelligence on enemy troop pursuits in the course of global battle I. German use of remark balloons to direct artillery fireplace in August of 1914 compelled the Allies to boost an analogous strength. With the U.S. access into the conflict in 1917, the balloon carrier, ranging from scratch, advanced into an efficient, disciplined struggling with unit, whose achievements are regrettably overshadowed through these of the flying aces. recollections from balloon veterans shape the foundation of this publication, the 1st to photo existence as a gasbagger within the 3 significant American engagements of the war.

Amazingly, lifestyles as an observer suspended in a wicker basket less than an elephantine hydrogen balloon proved much less lethal than piloting an plane. From his grandstand seat, the observer stored tabs at the battle less than him and telephoned very important info to headquarters command. those stories have been usually the one actual intelligence to be had. Balloonists bear in mind the conflict as a very good event, one that lots of them lived to inform about.

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