balloon barrage


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balloon barrage

[bə′lün bə′räzh]
(ordnance)
An antiaircraft defense consisting of a number of balloons, usually together and equipped with balloon aprons, held captive by steel cables and strategically moored near vital areas or installations.

balloon barrage

balloon barrage
A protective screen of balloons moored around the target likely to be attacked by enemy aircraft. The mooring cables are made of steel and can lethally damage an aircraft flying through the barrage. The balloons can be raised and lowered to permit one's own and friendly aircraft to transit through the area while being defended by the barrage.
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One lady asked us where we came from and on telling her we were from Cardiff, she smiled and said she was stationed at the Balloon Barrage during the war and she too had met her husband there.
At one time, before joining that mainly Geordie regiment the Coldstream Guards, I served as an under-officer with V Company 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Army Cadet Force, based at the Balloon Barrage Headquarters, Benton, Newcastle for up to nine months.
The balloon barrage was flying at its normal operational height, which was determined by the weight of cable which each balloon had to carry, and which was meant to prevent low-level bombing.
IMPORTANT information about the role Birmingham's Balloon Barrage Squadrons played in preventing raids has been painstakingly documented by a relative of one of their members.
She confessed, to our reporter that the girls, including herself, were flabbergasted when they were put on fabric repair work with the Balloon Barrage.
During the Second World War RAF Wythall was a balloon barrage centre.
Ray, who was born in June, 1930, in Humber Road, Stoke, to Raymond and Beatrice Holl, also recalls balloon barrages being installed in strategic places.

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