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nearmiss
09-08-2004, 08:30 AM
I'd like to read some historical records of how the Barrage Ballons were used.

While building a campaign I thought it might add so interest to have some aircraft getting taken out by barrage cables...LOL

Anyway, it always makes better sense to really understand how they were actually used. Just putting up barrage ballons just seems a little numb without some reason behind their placement.

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nearmiss
09-08-2004, 08:30 AM
I'd like to read some historical records of how the Barrage Ballons were used.

While building a campaign I thought it might add so interest to have some aircraft getting taken out by barrage cables...LOL

Anyway, it always makes better sense to really understand how they were actually used. Just putting up barrage ballons just seems a little numb without some reason behind their placement.

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Zeus-cat
09-08-2004, 08:49 AM
Barrage balloons were used to prevent planes from making low-level attacks. The balloons forced planes to bomb from higher altitudes which is much less accurate.

In the game we have balloons of 4 different altitudes. If we only had one altitude for balloons, say 2400m, it would be "easy" to shoot all of them down using a fighter. Since they are at different altitudes, you now need to make multiple passes to get all or most of them. You would of course be shot at by AAA each pass.

Balloons lined up in a pattern would also be easy to shoot down or easy to avoid during an attack. Therefore, the best way to use balloons is a "somewhat random" layout using all 4 altitudes at various distances from the target. I say somewhat random in that you need to cover all approaches to the target you are defending, but you don't want to make an obvious pattern either.

Make sure you defend your balloons with AAA too.

I never use balloons at airfields. I figure my planes would be as likely to hit them on landing as the enemy would in an attack. I use them at ports, railroad yards and cities.

Zeus-cat