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Background imageFiring Collection: HMS Victory, Flags and Nelson Quote

HMS Victory, Flags and Nelson Quote
An illustration of Admiral Horatio Nelsons flagship, the HMS Victory with signal flags on display and firing a broadside, set below a depiction of the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom and St

Background imageFiring Collection: New British Sten gun by G. H. Davis

New British Sten gun by G. H. Davis
The Sten gun: the new British machine gun, introduced during the Second World War, explained in detail. It is a simplified Tommy-gun that fires almost any type of 9mm ammunition at 550 rounds per

Background imageFiring Collection: Easter Rising 1916

Easter Rising 1916
O.P.S soldiers firing from rooftops in Dublin during the Easter rising of 1916

Background imageFiring Collection: HMS Duke of York firing a broadside; Second World War

HMS Duke of York firing a broadside; Second World War
Photograph showing the Royal Navy battleship HMS Duke of York firing her 14-inch guns, whilst heavy seas break over her bows, sometime during the Second World War

Background imageFiring Collection: Amazing Stories scifi magazine cover, The Mad Robot

Amazing Stories scifi magazine cover, The Mad Robot
THE MAD ROBOT by William P McGivern. A brave man fires a ray-gun at an advancing metal robot with large claws and a brain encassed in a glass-domed head Date: 1944

Background imageFiring Collection: A Dreadnought firing her great guns

A Dreadnought firing her great guns. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFiring Collection: British gunners, Battle of the Somme, WW1

British gunners, Battle of the Somme, WW1
British gunners in action during the Battle of the Somme, First World War. Their guns are on " Percy Scott" mountings, with rather colourful camouflage paint. Date: 1918

Background imageFiring Collection: Fountain and statue of Diana - Mexico City

Fountain and statue of Diana - Mexico City
Beautiful photographic postcard depiction of the Fountain (with statue of Diana, the Huntress) at the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico (later moved to Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico)

Background imageFiring Collection: The Last Shot by Matania

The Last Shot by Matania
A group of British seamen gunners straining to fire a final shot at a German ship as their own ship sinks beneath them. The caption notes that this was a common occurrence with light cruisers

Background imageFiring Collection: Riot at Mold in Flintshire

Riot at Mold in Flintshire
A huge mob, assembled at the railway station at Mold in Flintshire, Scotland to protest against the imprisonment of miners, employees of the Leeswood Coal Company

Background imageFiring Collection: Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; S

Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; S
Photograph showing a soldier of the British First Airborne Division firing his Sten gun at Germans near Arnhem, Holland, September 1944

Background imageFiring Collection: H H Sheikh of Kuwait Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

H H Sheikh of Kuwait Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
The 10th Monarch of Kuwait (between 1921-1950), H H Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (1885-1950) - pictured in October 1933 firing the anti-airplane machine guns - mounted on the rail for demonstration

Background imageFiring Collection: The Battle of the Balloons

The Battle of the Balloons. A fanciful image depicting four balloons with flags and sails, their passengers in close aerial combat. The opponents appear to be British and French. circa 18th century

Background imageFiring Collection: RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2

RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2
RAF Poster, Back Them Up!, showing a raid by Hudson planes of the Coastal Command on German shipping at Aalesund, Norway, during the Second World War, in which eleven ships were hit. 1941

Background imageFiring Collection: British battleships

British battleships
Illustration of unidentified British battleships at sea during World War Two, with guns firing

Background imageFiring Collection: Guns for American Boys

Guns for American Boys
Guns for American boys

Background imageFiring Collection: Battle of Culloden

Battle of Culloden
British troops at the Battle of Culloden defeat the Highlanders of the Young Pretender, Charles Stuart

Background imageFiring Collection: Battle of Naseby

Battle of Naseby
THE BATTLE OF NASEBY The Royalist army is defeated by the larger Parliamentarian forces at the decisive Battle of Naseby

Background imageFiring Collection: HMS Good Hope in Great War Deeds, WW1

HMS Good Hope in Great War Deeds, WW1
HMS Good Hope of the British Royal Navy going down with her last guns firing, in an action against overwhelming odds off the coast of Chile, South America

Background imageFiring Collection: William Thompsons fight off Poole, Dorset, 30 May 1695

William Thompsons fight off Poole, Dorset, 30 May 1695. Thompson was a local fisherman whose fishing boat was fired on by a French privateer near the Isle of Purbeck

Background imageFiring Collection: Boer soldiers firing, Second Boer War, South Africa

Boer soldiers firing, Second Boer War, South Africa
Boer soldiers firing at British soldiers during the Second Boer War (1899-1902), South Africa. Date: circa 1900

Background imageFiring Collection: Short Rifle Diagram 1915

Short Rifle Diagram 1915
Multi-part diagram, showing the complex working systems of a short rifle, taking a Lee- Enfield Mark III magazine. Date: 1915

Background imageFiring Collection: Battle of Cape Matapan

Battle of Cape Matapan
The three British Royal Naval warships which played the leading role in the Battle of Cape Matapan, off the coast of the Greek Peloponnesian peninsula

Background imageFiring Collection: Our Little Contemptibles, WW1

Our Little Contemptibles, WW1
Our Little Contemptibles, by William Barnes Wollen, RI ROI RBC (1857-1936)

Background imageFiring Collection: RAFs new gyro gun sight by G. H. Davis

RAFs new gyro gun sight by G. H. Davis
Details of the RAFs new gyro gun sight, which makes every fighter pilot an accurate marksman. By means of two simple adjustments in action

Background imageFiring Collection: Young Native American Indian boy learning to shoot his bow

Young Native American Indian boy learning to shoot his bow and arrow - USA. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageFiring Collection: Motorcycle Machine Gun Unit firing at aircraft, WW1

Motorcycle Machine Gun Unit firing at aircraft, WW1
Two men belonging to a Motorcycle Machine Gun Unit with a Scott motorcycle during the First World War, using a Vickers machine gun to fire at aircraft. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageFiring Collection: British troops WWII

British troops WWII
Pictures of the 4th Border Regiment who held a large sector of the Somme during a vital stage in the German advance. They were an ordinary Infantry Battalion

Background imageFiring Collection: A Sixty-Five Pounder Opening Fire, by James McBey, WW1

A Sixty-Five Pounder Opening Fire, by James McBey, WW1
" Zero". A Sixty-Five Pounder Opening Fire, drypoint print by James McBey, First World War. Referring to a bombardment in Palestine in the early morning of 19 September 1918. 1920

Background imageFiring Collection: British battleship firing its guns

British battleship firing its guns
Hurling one-ton shells twenty miles. A British battleship fires its 16 inch guns which are able to hurl shells twenty miles across the ocean. Date: 1932

Background imageFiring Collection: Canadian gunners, Battle of Vimy Ridge, France, WW1

Canadian gunners, Battle of Vimy Ridge, France, WW1
Canadian gunners firing a 6 inch Howitzer during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, northern France, during the First World War. Date: April 1917

Background imageFiring Collection: Attack on the Wexford Rebels, Ireland, 26 May 1798, in response to an uprising at Oulart

Attack on the Wexford Rebels, Ireland, 26 May 1798, in response to an uprising at Oulart Hill led by Father John Murphy (visible on the far right). Date: 1798

Background imageFiring Collection: Howitzers in action, Western Front, WW1

Howitzers in action, Western Front, WW1
Heavy howitzers in action on the Western Front, directed towards German trenches, First World War. 1914-1918

Background imageFiring Collection: Gloster Meteor Mk. 8 - Mk. 7 combination G-ANSO

Gloster Meteor Mk. 8 - Mk. 7 combination G-ANSO
Gloster Meteor Mk.8 - Mk.7 combination (ex GAF) G-ANSO, at the 1954 SBAC Farnborough air-show. Built as an F Mk.8 airframe with strengthened outer wings, the Ground Attack Fighter (GAF) aka Reaper

Background imageFiring Collection: Northern Ireland - three British soldiers in riot equipment

Northern Ireland - three British soldiers in riot equipment
Official photograph of three British soldiers in riot equipment standing next to a one ton Humber. Two soldiers are armed with SLR Rifles, while the third is firing a baton round, Northern Ireland

Background imageFiring Collection: Launching of V2 rocket bombs by G. H. Davis

Launching of V2 rocket bombs by G. H. Davis
The launching of V2 rocket bombs during the Second World War: an official photograph and its explanation. On the left: a scene at Peenemunde, birthplace of the V2

Background imageFiring Collection: Tommy Guardsman in full war-paint 1914

Tommy Guardsman in full war-paint 1914
A Guardsman ready to take his place in the firing - line. The field service kit of the British infantryman in detail, with diagram. Date: 1914

Background imageFiring Collection: Frog celebrating the arrival of 1907 by firing a cannon

Frog celebrating the arrival of 1907 by firing a cannon
A wonderfully odd German New Years card, welcoming in the arrival of 1907. The illustration rather bizarrely depicts a frog (holding a lucky four-leafed clover)

Background imageFiring Collection: Turkish Troops - Gallipoli

Turkish Troops - Gallipoli
Turkish troops - Gallipoli - firing down on allied positions from high in the mountains

Background imageFiring Collection: The Battle of Pacocha; Action between HMS Shah and Ameth

The Battle of Pacocha; Action between HMS Shah and Ameth
Engraving showing the battle between HMS Shah and Amethyst and the Peruvian Ironclad turret ship Huascar on the 29th May 1877

Background imageFiring Collection: 1798 Irish Rebels Camp

1798 Irish Rebels Camp
The Camp on Vinegar Hill : Irish rebels encampment - field kitchen, firing squad, music, dance and holy mass

Background imageFiring Collection: A British heavy howitzer in action on the Western Front against an opposing German position

A British heavy howitzer in action on the Western Front against an opposing German position. The shot has just been fired and Matania's drawing (done from official material supplied)

Background imageFiring Collection: Lance-Corporal Jarvis in Great War Deeds, WW1

Lance-Corporal Jarvis in Great War Deeds, WW1
Lance-Corporal Charles A Jarvis of the Royal Engineers, winning the Victoria Cross by fixing a firing charge for the demolition of a bridge, under heavy fire

Background imageFiring Collection: Volley firing by Scott Method by G. H. Davis

Volley firing by Scott Method by G. H. Davis
The gunnery experiment of which all the naval world is talking: the six-to-one superiority of volley firing by the Scott Method

Background imageFiring Collection: Magazine cover, Automobilia and Flight

Magazine cover, Automobilia and Flight
Magazine cover of the De Havilland Aircraft Company, Automobilia and Flight, Special Aviation Number. Depicting a battle at sea, with battleships, a submarine and aircraft. February 1909

Background imageFiring Collection: Sharp shooters, Sea Girt, New Jersey, USA

Sharp shooters, Sea Girt, New Jersey, USA
Sharp shooters in action, firing at targets in Sea Girt, New Jersey, USA. Date: circa 1910

Background imageFiring Collection: Belgian Artillery Battery in action - WWI

Belgian Artillery Battery in action - WWI
Belgian Artillery Battery in action - screened (partially!) by trees - early months of WWI. Date: circa 1914

Background imageFiring Collection: German gunners with heavy artillery, France, WW1

German gunners with heavy artillery, France, WW1
German gunners in action with heavy artillery near Verdun, north eastern France, during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918



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