Balloon Men

FULGUR photo, dated December 7, 1939

A large group of German troops wrestle with a lighter-than-air artillery observation balloon as they prepare to launch it from a camouflaged position somewhere on the Western Front in the early days of the war. Note that the balloon has been hidden already inflated in a patch of tall trees; it's also been draped with netting to conceal it from Allied planes. The crew undoubtedly took pride in the speed at which they were able to get it aloft.

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