London: Max Parrish, 1965, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps ; List of sources; Appendices ;
From the cover: It is ironic that in the first war in which the commander-in-chief of one side used mass propaganda as a serious weapon, the capital of the opposing country was cut off almost completely from communication with the outside world.
Almost but not quite. For in the four months from September 1870 to January 1871 during which Paris was besieged by the Prussian army, while Bismarck and his aides poured out misleading information to lower the morale of Frenchmen both in and out of Paris, a small band of men were able to use what had till then been a hobby or a means of entertainment in the service of their country. Had it not been for the promptness of the balloonists of Paris to revise that they alone had the sure means to escape from the besieged city, and to put themselves at the disposal of the Government, the break in communication with the rest of France and in particular with those responsible for the remaining war effort -would have been complete. Soon, however, balloonists were leaving almost daily, carrying over the very heads of the Prussian army not only passengers some of them very important and letters but also the racing pigeons which were to supply the vital link in the other direction.
The intriguing story of the balloon and pigeon post in the siege of Paris is graphically related here and gives a fascinating insight into an unusual aspect of nineteenth-century warfare.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is faded at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Orange boards with Brown titling to the Spine. [VIII] 166 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.