Anti-Aircraft Command


Anti-Aircraft Command

Anti-Aircraft Command was a British Army command of the Second World War that controlled the anti-aircraft artillery units of the British Isles.

The formation of a body of anti-aircraft guns had been announced in 1938 but Anti-Aircraft Command was not formed until 1 April 1939 under General Sir Alan Brooke who then passed control to Sir Frederick Pile, another British Army officer. Pile would remain in command until the end of the war.

It was under the operational direction of RAF Fighter Command and occupied a headquarters close to Bentley Priory, home of Fighter Command. [Peter Wykeham, [http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=nenEv-7RyJQC&pg=PA57&lpg=PA57&dq=frederick+pile&source=web&ots=T5rARIZKOO&sig=RvkL6EixzQ9q1GCPjOEBZ0Y8igM&hl=en Fighter Command: A Study of Air Defence, 1914-1960] , accessed 30 May 2008]

The majority of the guns of AAC were operated by regular British Army units. Later as the war progressed, these were freed up by the use of men of the British Home Guard (loading and firing the guns) and women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (handling ammunition and operating gun directors).

References

ee also

*Balloon Command


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