Ducks as Cover

Smith, Elwood H.
December 2007
Military History;Dec2007, Vol. 24 Issue 9, p80
The article reveals that during World War II, the British troops used large, tethered barrage balloons to defend London against German bombers. Henry Purcell, mayor of Letchmore Heath, found an alternative to the costly air balloons. He proposed using large, domestic ducks pumped full of hydrogen gas and were trained to hover above the small village from dawn till dusk.


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