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Our February 2018 Newsletter


The February 2018 Newsletter from Ox & Bucks branch of the WFA.  Comment Future Meetings and Events Soldiers Remembered: 2nd Lieutenant Sydney Batte, London Regiment Military Balloons in the Great War        

'Roasting a sausage': Balloons, their crews, and those who shot them down


Although observation balloons had been used as early as 1794 the static nature of the conflict in the First World War provided the backdrop for the balloons to come into their own and play an important part in the war. The idiom ‘the balloon’s going up’ derives from the raising of a balloon signalling the beginning of an artillery barrage, guided b…