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Second World War
Battle of the Atlantic  - Weapons and Technology

Combatants in the battle of the Atlantic relied on weapons and technology to attack the enemy, to defend themselves, to communicate, and to rescue friends and foes.

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"Pom-Pom" Anti-Aircraft Gun, HMCS Kamloops
"Pom-Pom" Anti-Aircraft Gun, HMCS Kamloops

The pom-pom anti-aircraft gun, so-called because of its characteristic sound when firing, was fitted to most Canadian corvettes during the Second World War.

Designed to counter low-flying aircraft, the pom-pom could also be used against surfaced submarines. Canadian manufacturers built hundreds of these guns during the war. Dominion Bridge Company manufactured this one in 1942, while the Canadian Locomotive Co. of Kingston, Ontario, made the mounting. Both were fitted to the corvette HMCS Kamloops, which appeared in the 1943 film Corvette K-225.

Naval Gun, 2-pounder Mk VIII
Mount, Naval
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4-inch Naval Gun and Mounting
.5-inch Vickers Mk III Heavy Machine-gun
"Pom-Pom" Anti-Aircraft Gun, HMCS Kamloops
Anti-Aircraft Gun and Crew in Action
Depth Charge and Thrower
Hedgehog Anti-submarine Projectile
Squid Anti-submarine Mortar
"Squid Explosion", HMCS Copper Cliff
ASDIC Hut
Protection
Medium Frequency Direction Finding Loop
Binnacle, HMCS Swansea
Gyroscopic Compass
Sextant
Taffrail Log
Wheel House
Fueling Mid Atlantic
German Signal Lamp
W/T Operator and Messenger
"Mae West" Life Belts, HMCS St. Laurent
Royal Canadian Navy Life Vest
Royal Canadian Navy Lifeboat Bailer
Lee-Enfield Line-throwing Rifle
    Date created: October 29, 2010