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[The artillery on the Westwall stands watch.  On clear days an artillery observer ascends in a captive balloon to direct (the guns') fire.]

Image ID: 3956160

[The artillery on the Westwall stands watch. On clear days an artillery observer ascends in a captive balloon to direct... (1940)

Image Details

Image Title

:  [The artillery on the Westwall stands watch. On clear days an artillery observer ascends in a captive balloon to direct (the guns') fire.]

Creator

: Hoffmann, Heinrich, 1885-1957 -- Photographer

Depicted Date

: 1940

Medium

: Gelatin silver prints

Item/Page/Plate

: 27

Notes

: Picture caption: "Die Artillerie am Westwall ist auf der Wacht. Bei klarer Sicht steigt der Beobachter mit dem Kesselballon auf, um das Feuer zu leiten." Note 2.) The Westwall was the system of German bunkers and tank traps facing the French forts of the Maginot Line. The Allies called it the "Siegfried Line". An observer in a basket beneath the balloon would report by radio the locations of targets he saw to guns on the ground. Note 3.) Title translates German picture caption

Original Source

: From Grossdeutschland im Weltgeschehen. Tagesbildberichte 1940. (Berlin Joh. Kasper & Co. 1942) Braeckow, Ernst, Author.

Source

: Eye on the Reich : German propaganda photographs, 1939-1942. / 1940

Source Description

: 220 photographic prints : gelatin silver ; 10.5 x 14.5 cm.

Location

: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number

: PC EYE 1940

Digital ID

: 3956160

Record ID

: 2037917

Digital Item Published

: 4-7-2012

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