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Anti-aircraft gunnery

Geoff Smith
19th August - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Geoff Smith will discuss the development of anti-aircraft gunnery.

Early attempts to shoot down observation balloons had limited success but led to the development of dedicated AA guns in the First World War. As planes flew higher and faster and the threat of the heavy bomber emerged much effort was expended in countering it, both in technology and tactics. Improvements in radar and predictive fire were rapid and the introduction of the proximity fuze was just in time to counter the V1 flying bomb. Post Second World War developments were largely directed at maximising the rate of fire culminating in Green Mace in the 1950s, only to be superseded by missile defence systems.

Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshments.

Forthcoming Fort Talks

16 Sept – Never at sea: Women of the WRNS
21 Oct – Bomber Command: An airman’s logbook  /  Graham Walters
18 Nov – Women of the Special Operations Executive /  Kate Vigurs
16 Dec – The German Ardennes offensive 1944  / Mike Forrest
20 Jan – Portsmouth Blitz  /  James Daly
24 Feb – The Second World War: artillery finds new roles / Nicholas Hall
17 Mar – Gunpowder technology  / Geoff Smith


From 18 March 2020 our museums in Leeds and at Fort Nelson will be closed to visitors until further notice.