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The U.S. Army Barrage Balloon Program

by James R. Shock

Merriam Press World War II History

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Paperback - ISBN ‎ 978-1470196622 - $14.95

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This is the never-before-told story of the U.S. Army's barrage balloons during World War II.

Shock covers the development, design, manufacturing, production, and use of U.S. Army barrage balloons throughout the war, as well as the men and units involved (both training and active duty in the U.S. and overseas) and their accomplishments.

Includes coverage of the British influence and assistance they provided to the U.S. Army.

Histories of each battery, battalion and group, along with details of their insignia—both proposed and approved—and TO&Es.

The 20 July 2003 episode of "Mail Call" on the History Channel featured a segment on barrage balloons. Jim Shock was interviewed for and appears in this segment.



The Barrage Balloons

The British

Barrage Balloon Training Center, Camp Tyson, Tennessee

Barrage Balloon Board

Barrage Balloon School

The Barrage Balloon Tactical Units

Coast Artillery Barrage Balloon Batteries, Battalions and Groups

U.S. Army Barrage Balloon Units

Coats of Arms, Distinctive Insignia and Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


144 6x9-inch pages, 58 photos, 16 illustrations, 18 charts, 1 three-view drawing

The U.S. Army Barrage Balloon Program

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