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Anti-Aircraft Gun, Swindon Works, 1940s

Anti-Aircraft Gun, Swindon Works, 1940s


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Filename: 12 - W1 058.jpg

Size: 2822 x 2116 (1.4MB)

Date: 10th March 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: W1 058

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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 the ground, a building roof or a small ship and a shield to protect the gunner. Although this gun is small in size, most anti-aircraft guns required weeks of intensive training, particularly if you joined an anti-aircraft regiment. Although the anti-aircraft guns that were positioned on the Home Front coastal defences were not particularly effective they did shoot down a number of German V1 flying bombs (doodlebugs) during their time in operation

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1940s Second World War Swindon Works World War 2 World War Ii Wwii Anti Aircraft Manufacture Ordnance


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This print showcases an Anti-Aircraft Gun, manufactured at the Swindon Works during the 1940s. Commissioned by the Admiralty for naval purposes, this 6-pounder navel gun was a vital defense mechanism during World War II. The gun comes complete with a versatile mounting system, allowing it to be fixed securely on various platforms such as the ground, building roofs, or even small ships. Equipped with a protective shield for the gunner, this seemingly compact weapon required extensive training before operation. Joining an anti-aircraft regiment meant weeks of intensive preparation to effectively handle these guns and defend against enemy aircraft attacks. While coastal defenses armed with anti-aircraft guns were not always highly effective in repelling aerial threats on the Home Front during World War II, they did manage to shoot down several German V1 flying bombs (commonly known as doodlebugs) throughout their operational period. The significance of this particular photograph lies in its portrayal of manufacturing excellence at Swindon Works. As part of Great Western Railway's contribution to war efforts, these works played a crucial role in producing ordnance that safeguarded Britain's skies and shores during one of history's most challenging periods - World War II.

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