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Observation Balloon

A German Fesselballon - tethered balloon - used as an observation balloon behind the front lines. The group at the center of the picture are clustered around the observer's basket.
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Deutscher Fesselballon
German tethered balloon.
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Deutscher Fesselballon. Fieldpostmarked (Feldpost) February 11, 1917.

A German Fesselballon - tethered balloon - used as an observation balloon behind the front lines. The group at the center of the picture are clustered around the observer's basket.

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Deutscher Fesselballon

German tethered balloon.

Reverse:

Deutscher Fesselballon. Fieldpostmarked (Feldpost) February 11, 1917.

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Observation balloon, such as the German sausage, were tethered gas bags with a dangling gondola in which observers could overlook the battlefield. Because their intelligence value was great and they were highly vulnerable, observation balloons were an important target, heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns and patrolling aircraft.

The Belgian Willy Coppens and the American Frank Luke were "balloon busters," and achieved many of their victories destroying observation balloons.

Observation Balloon is a balloon.