US Army soldiers use a jeep to move a Very Low Altitude barrage balloon in southern England before D-Day, circa May 1944.


Low Altitude Ridiculously Minimal Altitude balloon. After that came the 'Hang On, could not We Just utilize a large Rock?' balloon. VLA US Army soldiers utilize a jeep to go a Very ...



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  • Very Low Altitude
  • Ridiculously Low Altitude balloon. After that came the 'Hang On, Couldn't We Just Use A Big Rock?' balloon.
  • VLA
  • US Army soldiers use a jeep to move a Very Low Altitude (VLA) antiaircraft balloon (barrage balloon) during a training exercise in southern England before D-Day, circa May 1944. Original photo taken by Dave Kerr (US Signal Corps) Digital copy provided by the National Archives Original More by me on my Facebook and Flickr
  • Amazing job on the grass, looks great!
  • Thanks!
  • Amazing image Jared! Gorgeous work.
  • I know I could go look it up, but what's a barrage balloon? How did a balloon act as anti aircraft? Very cool photo btw!
  • It's an obstacle for enemy planes, makes it harder for them to do ground attacks Source: wiki
  • To expand on it, it's my understanding that the balloons themselves were less threatening than the suspended steel cables holding them in place, which would clip the wings off low-flying aircraft.
  • Ah cool, thank you!
  • yeah, basically they are connected to a ship (or anything really, even soldiers) with a metal wire. If a plane ran into the metal wire... well, I wouldn't wanna be below it
  • Or in it...
  • They would typically dangle multiple cables underneath them, making it dangerous for enemies to strafe any targets near them.
  • Here is a pic of them deployed at D-Day: http://www.skylighters.org/barrageballoons/britlcts.jpg And another one: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/NormandySupply_edit.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrage_balloon http://www.skylighters.org/barrageballoons/
  • If one of the 6 Luftwaffe planes came flying in low they might hit it or the cables attached to it.
  • Steel cable if a planes wing hit that it would get sheered off or worse if it hit center on
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