Catalogue description Admiralty: Admiralty Gunnery Establishment: Reports and Papers

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Reference: ADM 263
Title: Admiralty: Admiralty Gunnery Establishment: Reports and Papers

A collection of reports and technical notes, assembled from various sources, of the Admiralty Gunnery Establishment, which was responsible for Army and Navy gunfire control work between 1943 and 1959. The reports deal with ordnance material and equipment.

Date: 1931-1961
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Admiralty Gunnery Establishment, 1943-1959

Physical description: 221 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1986 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Admiralty Gunnery Establishment (AGE) began as the Fire Control Group of the Admiralty Research Laboratory (ARL) at Teddington. The term "fire control" in Naval circles is always applied to the control of gunfire: the correct terminology with regard to "fire" as applicable to a "conflagration" or "blaze" is "fire fighting". It became a separate establishment in 1943 under the control of the Director, Naval Ordnance. AGE assumed responsibility for both Army and Navy fire control work. It remained at Teddington until 1954 when it moved to a new site on Portland Bill with new buildings and test facilities. AGE closed in 1959 and its functions were dispersed to the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment (ASWE) at Portsdown Hill and the Armament Research and Development (ARDE) at Fort Halstead.

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