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Twin 40 MM Anti-Aircraft Heavy Machine Gun

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 6 November 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

When war was declared in September 1939, the British Admiralty began to consider how best to use the Queen Mary for the war effort. After some debate, which included the strong possibility of conversion to an aircraft carrier, it was decided that because of her size and speed, she was best suited as a troop carrier.

For defense, the ship was fitted with a wide array of armament, which included five 40 MM machine guns, similar to the one pictured here. The length of the barrels measure 94.8 inches, and the gun has a range from 3,000 to 5,000 yards. A crew of seven, headed by a gun captain, were assigned to man it.

The crew were responsible for keeping the guns in good working order and ready for action, frequently firing them for practice. Despite the readiness of the Queen Mary's gun crews, she never encountered enemy action by air or sea, and never had cause to fire her guns in anger.

Most armament was removed from the ship in May and June 1945, the remainder was taken off during her post-war refit in 1947.

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Photo captured August 16, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/321 second F/8.0 ISO 100 25 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

She represents a significant part of Britain's maritime heritage - really good frame.

6 Nov 2012 7:24am

tataray from france, France

Bien cadré la technique !...:))

6 Nov 2012 7:39am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Pretty imposing view Steve, shows how innovative we can be when the backs are up against the wall.

6 Nov 2012 10:28am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

History comes to life - wonderful clarity and detail.

6 Nov 2012 11:25am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great capture and beautiful photo !

6 Nov 2012 12:45pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a very interesting document ... you don't see an ocean liner fitted with guns like these every day !!!

6 Nov 2012 12:50pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A fine shot ... and wonderful processing.

6 Nov 2012 1:06pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture and light! Fantastic image! Great information too!

6 Nov 2012 9:47pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful image and thanks for the info - I did not know this bit of history.

6 Nov 2012 10:11pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Great shot of this impressive machine gun !!! And thanks for this little bit of interesting history ...

6 Nov 2012 10:48pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Great shot and HDR, plus the added bonus of informative text. I enjoy your posts, Steven.

6 Nov 2012 11:32pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, great shot, love the detail

6 Nov 2012 11:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An impressive pair of guns!

7 Nov 2012 12:23am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

And even now it looks impressive.

7 Nov 2012 12:58am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture

7 Nov 2012 1:56am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Imposing arms. The detail makes the scene more impacting.

7 Nov 2012 4:01pm