Balloon-Busting Aces of World War 1

Balloon-Busting Aces of World War 1

Aircraft of the Aces 66
  • Author: Jon Guttman
  • Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Short code: ACE 66
  • Publication Date: 10 Jul 2005
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Tethered balloons reached their zenith as a means of providing a stationary observation platform above the battlefield during World War I. It took a special breed of daredevil to take on such odds deep in enemy lines in order to destroy a balloon, with Balloon specialists such as Willy Coppens, Pierre Bourjade and Michel Coiffard rising to the challenge. This book covers the story of these 'balloon busters' from both sides in World War 1 through a mix of first-hand accounts and expert analysis, which compares tactics, theatres of operation, aircraft types and the overall odds for success.

Biographical Note

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director and contributing writer for Primedia Enthusiast Publications. Specialising in World War I aviation, he has written six titles in the past; this is his first volume for Osprey.Berkshire-based Harry Dempsey is a talented profile artist who specialises in fighter aircraft of World War I. He has illustrated all of Osprey?s World War I Aircraft of the Aces titles to date.


A Not-So-Easy Target (development of the kite balloon)
The Art of Balloon Busting (anti-balloon measures and weapons, 1914-1917)
Balloon Fever (the aces and their exploits, 1916-1918)
Exuent Omnes (the eclipse of balloon observation and of the balloon buster, 1918-45)
Appendices: Aces's Scores (including balloons destroyed in a single sortie)

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