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"Guarding the Skies: A Glimpse into Anti-Aircraft Warfare Through History" An anti-aircraft gun, probably in France

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Canon de 75mm Antiaerien Mle 1913-1917

Canon de 75mm Antiaerien Mle 1913-1917, mounted on a De Dion Bouton chassis, with the ammunition carrier also mounted on a De Dion Bouton, Date: circa 1915

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Naval anti-aircraft gun

Naval anti-aircraft gun Date: circa 1940

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Vickers 2pdr QF Mk.VI

Vickers 2pdr QF Mk.VI octuple-mount anti-aircraft gun, given the nickname 'Chicago Piano'. Date: circa 1939

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Bofors 40 mm Mark IV twin mount

Bofors 40 mm Mark IV twin mount
A British Hazemeyer 40 mm Bofors Mark IV twin mount with Type 282 range-finding radar Date: circa 1944

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: A-4 ballistic missile (aka V-2)

A-4 ballistic missile (aka V-2) on gate guard duties at the US Army Anti-Aircraft & Guided Missile Centre, on Fort Bliss, TX. Date: circa 1955

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Warfare of the future. German artillery testing the new anti-aircraft canon by Krupps of Essen

Warfare of the future. German artillery testing the new anti-aircraft canon by Krupps of Essen designed to shoot down
527374 Warfare of the future. German artillery testing the new anti-aircraft canon by Krupps of Essen designed to shoot down airships. From Le Petit Journal, Paris, 1909

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c. 1940

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

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-aircraft platform at Swindon Station c. 1940

Anti-aircraft platform at Swindon Station c. 1940
An anti-aircraft platform can be seen in this image of Swindon Station, but what is most intriguing is the very small Swindon Junction sign hanging in the centre of the platform canopy

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Shivering Sands Fort 29756_006

Shivering Sands Fort 29756_006
Shivering Sands Army Fort, Thames Estuary, 2015. Built between 18th September and 13th December 1943 for anti aircraft defence

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: British Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in action with a regiment of heavy

British Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in action with a regiment of heavy Anti-Aircraft guns in Belgium during the Second World War

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: At an experimental gunnery camp in Manorbier, Wales, members of the Auxiliary Territorial

At an experimental gunnery camp in Manorbier, Wales, members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) are doing very secret work operating Kine- Theodolite instruments which record the burst of

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Scottish crew of a Bofors gun in Malta. May 1942

Scottish crew of a Bofors gun in Malta. May 1942

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Members of the Home Guard seen here firing Z Battery short range anti aircraft missiles

Members of the Home Guard seen here firing Z Battery short range anti aircraft missiles. July 1942

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti aircraft machine gun on a submarine boat. These machine guns were used for

Anti aircraft machine gun on a submarine boat. These machine guns were used for close range use, as the war planes got closer and closer to their targets. Picture taken during training

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Radioplane OQ-19D

Radioplane OQ-19D aerial target. The OQ-19 was a low-speed target used for gun and missile anti-aircraft training. Radioplane, a division of the Northrop Corporation

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Royal Navy - de Havilland DH. 82 Queen Bee K8671

Royal Navy - de Havilland DH. 82 Queen Bee K8671
Royal Navy - de Havilland DH.82 Queen Bee K8671 (msn 5204), being recovered by cruiser HMS Newcastle after a live-fire anti-aircraft gunnery practice

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-Aircraft Gun, Swindon Works, 1940s

Anti-Aircraft Gun, Swindon Works, 1940s
This anti-aircraft 6-pounder navel gun was manufactured for the Admiralty in W Shop at Swindon Works during World War II. It comes with a mounting that would have allowed it to be fixed to

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Halnaker Hill 33448_039

Halnaker Hill 33448_039
A tower windmill and World War II searchlight emplacements on Halnaker Hill causewayed enclosure, West Sussex, 2018

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Acoustic mirror 28893_037

Acoustic mirror 28893_037
World War I acoustic mirror, near Kilnsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, 2016. TA4116

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Red Sands Fort 29756_013

Red Sands Fort 29756_013
Red Sands Fort, Thames Estuary, 2015. Built for anti aircraft defence, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. TR0779

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Cuba, Matanzas Province, Central Australia, Museo de la Comandancia, museum of the

Cuba, Matanzas Province, Central Australia, Museo de la Comandancia, museum of the Cuban defense of the US CIA led 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, Fidel Castro and anti-aircraft machine gun

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: World War I armoured car

World War I armoured car
3778980 World War I armoured car; (add.info.: World War I armoured car - Caption reads: A British anti-aircraft gun, mounted on an armoured car, in action against German aeroplanes')

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: An anti-aircraft gun, probably in France, during WW1

An anti-aircraft gun, probably in France, during WW1 Date: circa 1916

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: WW1 - 13 pounder anti-aircraft gun on a Thorneycroft

WW1 - 13 pounder anti-aircraft gun on a Thorneycroft lorry near Fricourt, France - August 1916

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: WW2 - The Splendid Book For Boys

WW2 - The Splendid Book For Boys
An illustrated front cover for a WW2 children's short story book, The Splendid Book For Boys. The image shows some British soldiers firing an anti-aircraft gun towards the enemy

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: The Ack-Ack Song

The Ack-Ack Song
An illustrated WW2 music sheet cover for The Ack-Ack Song, the anthem of Britain's anti-aircraft defender, by Jimmy Kennedy. The image shows an A.A

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: WW2 Anti-Aircraft Greetings Card

WW2 Anti-Aircraft Greetings Card
A WW2 greetings card, the illustration shows an anti-aircraft gun crew in action. Date: 1944

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Vietnamese Patriotic Poster - The North is strong

Vietnamese Patriotic Poster - The North is strong and we have shot down 4000 planes! Date: 1973

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Seachlight and Anti-Aircraft Gun Crew, WW2 preparations

Seachlight and Anti-Aircraft Gun Crew, WW2 preparations Date: 1939

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-Aircraft crew members play football, WW2

Anti-Aircraft crew members play football, WW2
Anti-Aircraft crew playing football between alerts, Second World War Date: circa 1940s

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-Aircraft Command play football tennis, WW2

Anti-Aircraft Command play football tennis, WW2
Alex James, in uniform, watches fellow Anti-Aircraft Command members playing football tennis during the Second World War Date: circa 1940s

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Footballer Woodgate signing autograph

Footballer Woodgate signing autograph
T Woodgate, signing autograph, with fellow footballers R Dunn, A Banner, R Carter, J Wood - they all joined Anti-Aircraft Command Date: circa 1940s

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Suggestion by William Heath Robinson for defence of London, a spinning platform land with

Suggestion by William Heath Robinson for defence of London, a spinning platform land with camouflaged anti-aircraft guns. Date: 1941

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: British barrage balloon protecting a ship, World War II, 1939-1945 (photo)

British barrage balloon protecting a ship, World War II, 1939-1945 (photo)
6015195 British barrage balloon protecting a ship, World War II, 1939-1945 (photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: British barrage balloon protecting a ship)

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Batterie Automobile Contre Avions (photo)

Batterie Automobile Contre Avions (photo)
963800 Batterie Automobile Contre Avions (photo) by Gervais-Courtellemont, Jules (1863-1931) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Batterie Automobile Contre Avions)

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: WW II Liberator bomber exploding Germany, 1944

WW II Liberator bomber exploding Germany, 1944
Vintage World War II photograph - B-24H Liberator bomber of 783rd Bomb Squadron, 465th Bomb Group, US 15th Air Force exploding in mid air after being hit by anti-aircraft fire over Germany, 1944

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Over the Lines, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front

Over the Lines, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front
STC255980 Over the Lines, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front, 1918 (colour litho) by Nevinson

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 18th April 1942: A B-25 over the rooftops of Tokyo amid a

The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 18th April 1942: A B-25 over the rooftops of Tokyo amid a
PNP351706 The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 18th April 1942: A B-25 over the rooftops of Tokyo amid a gunfire, 1942 (newsprint) by Japanese Photographer (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-aircraft guns in action: since 21 February 25 aircraft

Anti-aircraft guns in action: since 21 February 25 aircraft
697629 Anti-aircraft guns in action: since 21 February 25 aircraft and a balloon dragon were shot down by the batteries, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome) by Gervais-Courtellemont

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-aircraft machine gun fires on an enemy aeroplane (b / w photo)

Anti-aircraft machine gun fires on an enemy aeroplane (b / w photo)
STC406167 Anti-aircraft machine gun fires on an enemy aeroplane (b/w photo) by German Photographer (20th Century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; German, out of copyright

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Apron of steel cables attached to balloons designed by Major-General E B Ashmore as a defence

Apron of steel cables attached to balloons designed by Major-General E B Ashmore as a defence against German Gotha
6015399 Apron of steel cables attached to balloons designed by Major-General E B Ashmore as a defence against German Gotha bombers attacking London during World War I (b/w photo)

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) manning a searchlight in the London Defence Area

Women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) manning a searchlight in the London Defence Area, World War II
6015200 Women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) manning a searchlight in the London Defence Area, World War II, 1942-1945 (photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: A vision of wars of the future (colour litho)

A vision of wars of the future (colour litho)
2779554 A vision of wars of the future (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A vision of wars of the future)

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Using a Hotchkiss automatic rifle from a shell-hole: an unexpected attack

Using a Hotchkiss automatic rifle from a shell-hole: an unexpected attack
STC407159 Using a Hotchkiss automatic rifle from a shell-hole: an unexpected attack, from The Illustrated War News, 2nd August 1916 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: A Coast Defence, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front

A Coast Defence, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front
STC255964 A Coast Defence, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front, 1918 (colour litho) by Lavery, John (1856-1941); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; Irish

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: R. N. D. Crystal Palace, the Spot Known as The Quarter-Deck

R. N. D. Crystal Palace, the Spot Known as The Quarter-Deck
STC255966 R.N.D. Crystal Palace, the Spot Known as The Quarter-Deck, from British Artists at the Front, Continuation of The Western Front, 1918 (colour litho) by Lavery

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: British 3. 7 inch anti-aircaft gun in action, World War II, 1939-1945 (b / w photo)

British 3. 7 inch anti-aircaft gun in action, World War II, 1939-1945 (b / w photo)
6015291 British 3.7 inch anti-aircaft gun in action, World War II, 1939-1945 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnti Aircraft Collection: Anti-aircraft guns mounted on vehicles in action, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome)

Anti-aircraft guns mounted on vehicles in action, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome)
697630 Anti-aircraft guns mounted on vehicles in action, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome) by Gervais-Courtellemont, Jules (1863-1931); eGalerie Bilderwelt; French, out of copyright




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"Guarding the Skies: A Glimpse into Anti-Aircraft Warfare Through History" An anti-aircraft gun, probably in France, during WW1 - Witness the early days of aerial defense as brave soldiers man their guns against enemy aircraft in the skies. WW1 - 13 pounder anti-aircraft gun on a Thorneycroft - Explore the innovative weaponry used to protect troops from airborne threats during World War I. The Splendid Book For Boys: Unveiling Secrets of WWII Anti-Aircraft Tactics - Delve into a captivating read that unveils the heroic tales and strategies employed by anti-aircraft units during World War II. The Ack-Ack Song: A Melody of Courageous Defenders - Discover how music played an integral role in boosting morale among anti-aircraft crews as they valiantly defended their nations. WWII Anti-Aircraft Greetings Card: Sending Love Amidst Chaos - Step back in time with a heartfelt greeting card exchanged between loved ones, reminding us that even amidst war, love endures. Vietnamese Patriotic Poster – The North is Strong: Celebrating Resilience and Unity – Gain insight into Vietnam's unwavering spirit through a patriotic poster highlighting their strength against aerial attacks. Seachlight and Anti-Aircraft Gun Crew, WW2 preparations – Witness the meticulous preparations undertaken by dedicated crews who tirelessly trained to defend cities against enemy bombers during World War II. When Football Meets Duty: Anti-Aircraft Crew Members Play Ball During WW2 – Experience moments of camaraderie and respite as courageous crew members find solace in playing football amidst wartime challenges. Football Tennis for Victory. Anti-Aircraft Command Joins Forces During WW2 – Learn about an unconventional yet spirited game that brought together comrades-in-arms within the ranks of anti-aircraft command during World War II. Footballer Woodgate Signing Autograph.