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Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut28 Jan 2014 5:45 p.m. PST

I am going to make an a-historic WWII observation balloon. I went to the Mesquite Balloon Festival for a romantic weekend getaway, and I was inspired. I know that none of the participants actually used the balloons to any effect, with Russia fielding a few and Germany possibly fielding one. But my new hobby direction is 1/48 WWII aircraft, and this seems like a natural fit.

Would the balloons be in normal gear colors for their respective countries? Olive drab, field grey, russian green, with a nice national insignia on opposite sides?

Even though this is a fantasy project, I would still like some grounding in reality. Thank you for any input.

tuscaloosa28 Jan 2014 6:00 p.m. PST

The Spanish national military museum in Madrid has a room devoted to the Blue Legion, and it includes photographs of artillery observation balloons being winched up and down during the siege of Leningrad, 1942.

Etranger28 Jan 2014 7:53 p.m. PST

A year or so back someone (Kaoschallenged?) posted some photos of the German balloon, which was in use on the Finnish front IIRC.

Andy P29 Jan 2014 4:47 a.m. PST

Germans definately used them during 1940, one was mentioned during the battle for the Gembloux gap around Grand Leez.

Bills Occasional Sock Puppet29 Jan 2014 2:10 p.m. PST

Thanks Ditto. I regret not posting links for them.But here is a similar thread I had made on another site and the photos are all still there.Robert

Bills Occasional Sock Puppet30 Jan 2014 1:01 p.m. PST

HHmmmmm… odd. well try this one. You will have to join though.I am a moderator there grin. But if you do try this,

ChrisBBB08 Feb 2014 4:18 a.m. PST

If you're looking for "grounding in reality": one Hungarian fighter pilot recorded a kill against a Soviet artillery observation balloon in 1944. I wrote it up as a historical scenario in my "Aces over Hungary" campaign supplement for CY6.

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