Thank you all for your kind words!
Here are some images of the smaller AA guns. I'll post the Big AA Guns in a separate post when I have time...
A Machine Gun Embankment protects the Mobile AA Gun Platform from ground assault:
Here is the entire Mobile AA Gun Platform (Gun, Searchlight, Generator, etc.):
A Smaller Mobile AA Gun from Ground Level:
A Slightly Larger Mobile AA Gun, from the side:
The Same Gun, from the front:
Okay, there you go! I'll try to post on the Big 12 Inch Guns later today if I have the time. If not then tomorrow for sure.
As you can probably tell from even these smaller cannons, a plane, balloon (or anything else made by Humans in 1942) would not stand up to a direct
hit. In the LA Times photo, we have evidence of not only several direct hits, but flak surrounding the entire area in the sky.
Nothing was shot down. There were reports of a downed plane, that were then discounted when Firemen arrived on scene to find no crash site.
The shells fired by the larger guns (12 inches in diameter at the back end) were as long as my arm, and wider than my thigh. They were meant to
explode upon impact (I deduce this because upon first hand inspection, there did not appear to be a timer mechanism within the shell).
For easy reference, the 12 inch shell (used in the larger AA Guns featured in my next post) is posted again here:
... more to come as time allows ...