The World War II Photo of the Week
for 12 February 2001
|German Balloon Wrestling?
A group of German soldiers (called "stop teams" by the Germans) busy working to secure an artillery observation balloon. It is interesting to note the similarities in design between the American balloons of World War I and the German balloon shown here; they are virtually identical (for more information, visit An Illustrated History of World War I). Original photo by Weltbild Berlin, dated 16 October 1940, from the Webmaster's collection.