Re: Sea Coast Artillery
Interesting topic, and one which was at the core of much defence strategy in the lead up to WWII.
I can't comment on American coastal artillery, but here we had some emplacements which went back to the middle of the 19th century and fears about French and Russian, and just about everyone else's, attacks.
About twenty five years ago I went through a couple of those emplacements at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay (which is the Bay in my city). Most of the guns had been removed long before, but there were impressive arrangements with gun positions, magazines, and various galleries between them and all well protected by concrete and earthworks while facing the fairly narrow channel through which the enemy would have to sail.
It has been claimed that Australia at Fort Nepean fired the first Allied shots of both world wars: http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources/22_2157.pdf http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...?from=storylhs I don't know how an Australian gun firing on an Australian ship qualifies as firing the first shot of WWII.
There is an intriguing but unsolved mystery surrounding one of our WWII coastal gun batteries, which the following reports outline but which aren't free of error.
Last edited by Rising Sun*; 08-29-2009 at 11:27 AM.
A rational army would run away.