Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring by Laura Knight - 1943
A young factory worker in blue overalls is shown at work on an industrial lathe, cutting and turning the breech-ring component of a Bofors anti-aircraft gun. Other factory workers are visible in the background - 1943.
Dame Laura Knight (4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970) was an English artist who in 1936 became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal Academy.
in the autumn of 1942 the War Artists' Advisory Committee commissioned Knight to paint a portrait to bolster female recruitment to the ordnance factories. The painting was first shown on 30 April 1943 at the Royal Academy and the next day was reproduced in eight British newspapers.'The Bofors 40 mm gun, often referred to simply as the Bofors gun, is an anti-aircraft autocannon designed in the 1930s by the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors. It was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft systems during World War II, used by most of the western Allies as well as some captured systems being used by the Axis powers.'
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