‘Anti-aircraft guns which brought down a huge German aeroplane in France’ | National Library of Scotland

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13 Pounder 9cwt Anti-Aircraft Guns somewhere in France. Such guns were commonly mounted on lorries, as in this picture, for the mobile defense of the rear areas (note the generally intact countryside behind).

This photograph is one in a sequence which focuses on wrecked enemy aircraft. The men in this scene are all intent on their jobs and there is an atmosphere of studied concentration present.

Anti-aircraft guns were not at all successful at this period as it is was difficult to aim the guns on fast-moving aircraft by sight. A variety of equipment was used to aid this process but proper systems were not developed until the inter-war years.

Uniform details and weather suggest a date later than spring, 1916.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Anti-aircraft guns which brought down a huge German aeroplane in France.

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74548698

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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