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"The Making of How We Won The War"
On the 30th May 2012, I was asked to take part in a program, "How We Won The War", that covered all the aspects of how various
aspects of the Second World War came together to achieve victory in 1945.
The producers were interested in the role of barrage balloons
The program had Jules Hudson as the interviewer and was to be filmed at Cardiff Castle once the home of
"A" Flight 953 Squadron who moved in on the 14th August 1940. The Castle was an ideal backdrop to the work
of barrage balloons during World War Two.
We went to the castle and took along a number of pictures and items related to barrage balloon activity.
Filming took place on top of the Keep at Cardiff Castle. During the Second World War it was an excellent place from
which to look out across the city, just had it had been in Norman times.
Much observation and fire watching activity took place from the Keep during the war
The Keep at Cardiff Castle
The view of the modern city from the Keep at Cardiff Castle
We make our way towards the keep at Cardiff Castle
The film crew and soundman discuss the best place for us to stand
The view of the city clearly impresses Jules Hudson
I explain to Jules Hudson the principles of a barrage balloon and how it was armed and flown
explain to Jules Hudson the principles of a barrage balloon and how it was armed and flown
Jules Hudson listens to my explanations
I show Jules Hudson an inspection porthole from a barrage balloon
I discuss the role of the barrage balloon with the film crew.