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Photograph of Home Guard training at Lydiard Park, World War II

Photograph of Home Guard training at Lydiard Park, World War II
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Members of the Swindon GWR Home Guard training at Lydiard Park during World War II. They are operating a Smith Gun which looked very similar to a real field artillery gun.

The gun was a 3-inch, smooth bore howitzer with solid metal wheels which was light enough to be towed behind a civilian car. Some people ridiculed the gun at the time, likening it to a toy gun. Apparently it also had a very poor safety record. The photograph is one of twenty images taken at Lydiard Park by local photographer, Albert Beaney during World War II.

Year:
1940-1944
Photographer:
Albert Beaney
Type:
Photograph
Location:
Lydiard House
Owner:
Swindon Borough Council
Reference:
LYD1998-22
Copyright:
Lydiard House
Last updated on:
Wednesday 8th September 2021

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