While vacationing earlier this year in Cape May, New Jersey, I came across the remains of an old military battery that was an integral part of the Cape May Military Reservation in New Jersey.
While vacationing earlier this year in Cape May, New Jersey, I came across the remains of an old military battery that was an integral part of the Cape May Military Reservation, part of the Harbor Defense of the Delaware, which was a World War II sub-post of Fort Miles, Delaware.
Cape May Military Reservation was originally the site of a World War I emergency battery between 1917 and 1919. In the years prior to the entry of the United States into World War II, America’s shore defenses were considered inadequate which resulted in the development of the Modernization of the Coastal Defense program and led to the construction of batteries all along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
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In New Haven Connecticut you can see circular concrete gun platforms atop East Rock and and another elevated location overlooking New Haven Harbor. These each held the WWI version of an anti-aircraft gun. They were manned throughout WWI to discourage Zeppelin attacks by the Germans.
They are so fascinating to me. So many still remain but others have long been buried by the tide and sands.