Gunlayers WW1

Discussion in 'History' started by Chester191418, Nov 30, 2014.

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  1. Hello, I wonder if anyone can help with a question about gunlayers aboard destroyers...

    In WW1, what amount of training would they have had? How long for?

    Would they choose to be trained as gunlayers, or told to?

    And would this training only be open to those enlisting as career sailors or could hostilities only men get this training?

    I take it gunlayers were not warrant officers. Is that right?

    Appreciate any help!

    All best,
  2. My father was a gun layer in the second world war, their job was to elevate and align (they worked in pairs) the gun to the position the gunner wanted them to. A very physically demanding job done by Able Seamen.
    I would expect that the first world war was the same.
    If you watch second world war naval movies you will see the guns being moved using both hand cranks and foot pedals.
    The process was eventually automated.
  3. Thanks Slim

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