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Framed Print : Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c. 1940

Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c. 1940




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Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c. 1940

Swindon Works was considered a prime target for aircraft strikes during World War II. Here, two members of the Home Guard are manning an anti-aircraft gun platform situated on the roof of uniform supplier, Compton Sons & Webb at the Works. This was one of a number of anti-aircraft platforms that were erected around the site. The Home Guard were well trained to man these types of weapon and could be called away from their normal day jobs should an air raid warning be issued

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Media ID 19929953

Swindon Swindon Works World War 2 Anti Aircraft Compton Gun Platform Home Guard


12"x10" Modern Frame

Introducing the latest addition to our Framed Prints collection from Media Storehouse - a captivating image of Swindon Home Guard members during World War II. This evocative photograph, sourced from STEAM Museum of the GWR, showcases the resilience and determination of the community as they manned an anti-aircraft gun platform on the rooftop of Swindon Works. A prime target for aircraft strikes, the factory was a symbol of industrial strength and British resolve. Bring this piece of local history into your home and add a touch of nostalgia to your decor. Our high-quality framed print is carefully crafted to preserve the authenticity of the image, making it a perfect conversation starter and a cherished addition to any room.

10x8 Print in an MDF Wooden Frame with 180 gsm Satin Finish Paper. Glazed using shatter proof thin plexi glass. Frame thickness is 1 inch and depth 0.75 inch. Fluted cardboard backing held with clips. Supplied ready to hang with sawtooth hanger and rubber bumpers. Spot clean with a damp cloth. Packaged foam wrapped in a card.

Ready to Hang Contemporary Framed and Mounted Prints. To ensure the paper is held securely the visible picture may be marginally smaller than quoted.

Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 24.4cm x 24.4cm (9.6" x 9.6")

Estimated Product Size is 30.5cm x 25.4cm (12" x 10")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation to match the source image.


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR takes us back to a crucial moment in history - World War II. Swindon Works, known for its significance as a prime target for enemy aircraft strikes, required strong defense measures. In this image, we see two brave members of the Swindon Home Guard standing tall on an anti-aircraft gun platform situated atop Compton Sons & Webb, a uniform supplier at the Works. These platforms were strategically erected around the site to protect it from potential air raids. The Home Guard soldiers depicted here are diligently manning their post, ready to defend against any aerial threat that may arise. Trained extensively in handling these types of weapons, they possessed both skill and dedication. It is worth noting that these men were not solely soldiers; they had regular day jobs but could be called away at a moment's notice when an air raid warning was issued. Their commitment to protecting their community and workplace shines through this powerful photograph. As we reflect upon this snapshot frozen in time, let us pay tribute to all those who served on the home front during World War II - ordinary individuals turned heroes by extraordinary circumstances. Their unwavering courage and resilience played an integral role in safeguarding places like Swindon Works from harm during one of humanity's darkest periods.

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