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TITLE
Secret Letter on Salvage of Barrage Balloons
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1741_D592_5_32
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
18 September 1940
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Caithness Archive Centre
ASSET ID
6057
KEYWORDS
homeguard
barrage balloons
salvage
war office
r.a.f. salvage
Secret Letter on Salvage of Barrage Balloons

Letter from the War Office in London: Instructions to troops and Home Guard for salvaging escaped Barrage Balloons.

Appendix "A" divided into eleven parts with strict instructions on what to do and what not to do if troops or Home Guard found a drifting or grounded barrage balloon.

This includes tying guy ropes to an immovable object like a tree, post or fence. Not smoking anywhere near the balloon. Handling with great care any lethal devices fitted to the cables of the balloon. These could be identified by a black bag with cylindrical metal fittings.

Balloons could be deflated by pulling on a red rip-cord which would allow the hydrogen to escape; this was the police's responsibility if they were present.

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Secret Letter on Salvage of Barrage Balloons

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1940s

homeguard; barrage balloons; salvage; war office; r.a.f. salvage

Caithness Archive Centre

Home Guard/Civil Defence papers

Letter from the War Office in London: Instructions to troops and Home Guard for salvaging escaped Barrage Balloons.<br /> <br /> Appendix "A" divided into eleven parts with strict instructions on what to do and what not to do if troops or Home Guard found a drifting or grounded barrage balloon. <br /> <br /> This includes tying guy ropes to an immovable object like a tree, post or fence. Not smoking anywhere near the balloon. Handling with great care any lethal devices fitted to the cables of the balloon. These could be identified by a black bag with cylindrical metal fittings.<br /> <br /> Balloons could be deflated by pulling on a red rip-cord which would allow the hydrogen to escape; this was the police's responsibility if they were present.