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The development of anti-aircraft gunnery

Fort Talk | In-person lecture
24th August - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Speaker: Geoff Smith – Member of the Ordnance Society

Early attempts to shoot down observation balloons had limited success but led to the development of dedicated AA guns in WW1. 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 fuse was just in time to counter the V1 flying bomb. Post WW2 developments were largely directed at maximising the rate of fire culminating in Green Mace in the 1950s, only to be superseded by missile defence systems.  

Fort Talks will take place in person at Fort Nelson, starting at 2pm. Tickets cost £5. Your ticket includes parking and entry to the museum. 

Why not make a day of it – explore the national collection of artillery, visit our cafe for a delicious light lunch, and enjoy an interesting and engaging lecture.