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WWI Bulgaria Balloon Aviation GAS Unit cover

Item ID:1034

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See scan – very good condition. This is a very scarce Bulgarian cover / postcard mailed from the Bulgarian Air Balloon Gas Producing Detachment / Unit during WWI. As all collectors from the aerophilately know, items from this period are extremely scarce due to the fact that it is the era of the pioneer flight and pilot officers were an extremely low number of enthusiasts. Bulgaria and Bulgarian Royal aviation has a strong history and is actually the first country in the world that used a bomb from the air during the Balkan Wars of 1912 – 1913. During WWI Bulgaria was an Imperial German ally and there were also lots of German officers involved as well as lots of German airplanes and other aviation equipment. Mostly Bulgaria used its WWI aviation for defense of the Capital of Sofia, but also in the Macedonia occupation front, the occupation of Romania and Greece, as well as protecting the Black Sea coast. This was done together with the 2 Balloon units attached to 2nd and 3rd Bulgarian Army. The postal history philatelic item listed is a card from the Air Balloon Aviation Gas Producing Unit and mailed probably somewhere from parts of the Romanian / Romania occupied territories during that time or the area around the Romanian town of Kiustendja in particular (civil date postmark applied). At that time the Balloon gas Producing Unit was attached to the Staff of the 3rd Bulgarian Army. There is a military cachet applied of the Balloon Aviation Gas Producing Unit applied and it is so far the ONLY one known to exist. THE REAL militaria stuff… Some brief history of the Balloon Gas Producing Unit: 02.06.1916 - Sofia. A new wartime staff of the Bulgarian Aviation has been formed to the Staff of the Field Forces, including: 1st Airplane Unit, 2nd Airplane Unit, 1st Balloon Unit, 2nd Balloon Unit, Airship / Zeppelin Unit, Subsidiary Aviation Technical Park, Gas Producing Balloon Unit and an Airplane Depot.; Extremely scarce UNIQUE aerophilately item. True gem for any collection.


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