By Eileen Lebow
The little-known American Balloon provider labored in wrestle to aid direct artillery hearth extra thoroughly and supply crucial intelligence on enemy troop activities in the course of global conflict I. German use of statement balloons to direct artillery hearth in August of 1914 pressured the Allies to strengthen an identical strength. With the U.S. access into the warfare in 1917, the balloon carrier, ranging from scratch, advanced into a good, disciplined combating unit, whose achievements are regrettably overshadowed via these of the flying aces. memories from balloon veterans shape the root of this booklet, the 1st to photograph lifestyles as a gasbagger within the 3 significant American engagements of the war.
Amazingly, existence as an observer suspended in a wicker basket below an elephantine hydrogen balloon proved much less lethal than piloting an plane. From his grandstand seat, the observer saved tabs at the conflict under him and telephoned very important info to headquarters command. those stories have been frequently the one exact intelligence to be had. Balloonists take note the conflict as an outstanding experience, one that lots of them lived to inform about.
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A Grandstand Seat: The American Balloon Service in World War I by Eileen Lebow