MILITARIA: Anti-Aircraft Command Items

Although often forgotten today, the Anti-Aircraft Command performed a vital role in the defence of the Britain during World War Two. Using a selection of militaria, we tell the story of this front line service.

The first book to cover the work of AA Command, Roof Over Britain, was published by HMSO in 1943, bearing a striking modernist cover design by leading graphic designer Abram Games. Not expensive, copies can be picked up for a bargain price of around £5.

In his 1933 novel The Shape of Things To Come, H G Wells predicted that, in any future conflict, the skies would blacken with bombers and cities would be reduced to rubble. As war became inevitable in the late 1930s, Britain rushed to build its air and ground defences against this seemingly unstoppable aerial threat.

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