Anti-Aircraft Gun and Crew in Action
Painted by Donald C. Mackay around 1943
Slow-moving warships are highly vulnerable to attack from fast-moving aircraft, especially when sailing close to land.
In this work by war artist Donald C. Mackay, Canadian sailors fire a 20mm Oerlikon cannon at German aircraft during the Second World War. During the 1990-1991 war against Iraq, Canadian vessels sought additional air defence weapons, including 40mm Bofors, before deploying to the Persian Gulf.
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art