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Most of the photos are of the gun emplacements of Battery Winchester and Battery Iron at Fort Armistead.

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SSG Jarred S Fontenot US Army KIA Baghdad, Iraq 10-18-07 RIP my friend-Charlie Three Three Delta Out


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last photo.

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In memory of.....
SSG Jarred S Fontenot US Army KIA Baghdad, Iraq 10-18-07 RIP my friend-Charlie Three Three Delta Out


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I was going through some old pictures from when I was assigned to the embassy in Tunisia and happened upon several photos of some abandoned bunkers and trenches I took during a trip through southern Tunisia in 1989. I'm not sure if they date to WWII or during the Tunisian fight for independence from France in the early 50s. They overlook a roan coming out of the city of Tataouine (for those of you who think that sounds familiar, it is the name of Luke Skywalker's home planet in Star Wars. The initial scenes of the movie were filmed there - the residents of that city actually dig their homes underground as depicted by Luke's home in the movie). I was driving up the road and just happened to notice the bunkers along the side of the road.

 

Since I'm not sure who constructed them or when they were constructed, I figured I wouldn't post any pics because they are most likely not US.


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I've taken the liberty of moving this to the Museums, Battlefields and Monuments section.

 

Granted, unless we include something from the Civil War or a battery that fired on a U-Boat, these technically are not "battlefields", but I think fortifications fits in this category as well.


Gil Burket
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of the Vietnam War

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We have them over here on the "right" coast as well!

Back some years ago when I was a wee lad of 17 we discovered the entrance to an entire underground complex in Nahant, Mass. It wasn't that difficult since it was right across the street from our house! We were able to get inside a lot of times and explore all the hallways and rooms. The emplacement on the right had it's entrance cemented closed. The rumor was that the gun was still in there! Doubtful! But not to kids!

It is still there as you can see from this Bing Maps Bird's Eye View. You can see the vents and openings at the top of the hill. It was amazing how much is under that hill!

Why don't they use these places for museums! Geez, they are historical and the structure is already built and built strong! They would make great storm shelters as well!

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East of Baltimore is the Fort Howard installation, which in more recent times includes the VA hospital and a park. In 1970, there were still concrete and brickwork bunkers and batteries, behind the hospital, facing the bay. Whenthe MI school was at Ft Holabird, the bunker area was used for field exercises -- including a "Vietnamese village" with huts, marketplace, spiderholes and tunnels. Wonder what is still left of it?

 

IIRC Smallwood state park, on the southern shore of the Patapsco, also contained an active CA base, through WWII. It and Ft McHenry itself had large cantonments full of temporary buildings for barracks, admin, medical, motor pools and warehouses. The Curtis Bay are -- Coast Guardland after the war -- likewise had bunches of temporary Navy stuff.

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This is a battery pointing into San Francisco Bay at Fort Baker on the Marin side of the bay. A foggy Golden Gate Bridge is in the back ground.

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Looking for items relating to the 91st Infantry Division from WWI. Especially anything pertaining to the 364th Infantry Regiment.

Looking for First Army related items from WWI.

 

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These were on the Camp White training site outside Medford Oregon. The 91st Infantry Division trained here in WWII. These are all on private land and he was asked if we could look at the bunkers on his property.

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Kevin Braafladt

 

Looking for items relating to the 91st Infantry Division from WWI. Especially anything pertaining to the 364th Infantry Regiment.

Looking for First Army related items from WWI.

 

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More views showing the shot up face of the bunkers.

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Looking for items relating to the 91st Infantry Division from WWI. Especially anything pertaining to the 364th Infantry Regiment.

Looking for First Army related items from WWI.

 

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Close up.

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Kevin Braafladt

 

Looking for items relating to the 91st Infantry Division from WWI. Especially anything pertaining to the 364th Infantry Regiment.

Looking for First Army related items from WWI.

 

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There are 8 extant observation towers on Topsail Beach, NC that were built around 1947 for Operation Bumblebee, the top secret testing of the ramjet missile. There are, or were, a couple of WW2 submarine watch towers on the same beach. Fort Fisher is at the end of the beach.

 

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post-32632-0-00353500-1350423692.jpgpost-32632-0-51512700-1350423796.jpg Rear (left) and North side Battery door, Battery 247 @ Mckenzie Head, Point Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco Wa.

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post-32632-0-40827500-1350424209.jpgpost-32632-0-16236900-1350424248.jpg Ammo bunker access and gun ring.

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post-32632-0-87111100-1350424428_thumb.jpg Closer shot

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post-32632-0-11211700-1350424734.jpg Better shot of gun ring

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post-32632-0-22694900-1350424965_thumb.jpg This type of gun was mounted

 

at Battery 247. This gun is up river at Ft. Columbia St.Park. Battery 246.


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There are a complex of Coast Artillery Bunkers, Barracks etc at Tybee GA. It was called Fort Screven's Battery Garland. Built between 1898 and 99. It had a 12" gun and was decommissioned in 1945. It had a museum in it when I was there about 5 years ago. As the City owns it they keep public works equipment and junk in buildings near the condos. Also at the far end of the battery (this is the gun enplacements that were across from the light house, which is a tourist attraction), facing the ocean there was an apartment on the 2nd floor. Also a lodge Masons or etc.

Also during the Civil War over 100 cannon were set up on Tybee Island to fire on Ft Pulaski at the mouth of the Savannah River. As they had new rifled cannon the fort crumbled and surrendered after about 30 hours of shelling. I could not believe all (at least 15 -20) Confederate flags displayed in the original owners display frames that where here just falling apart. I left the US Resident Parks Manager a message that history was falling apart. Some shells have been found in the water but due to so many hurricanes all evidence of all this Artillery activity disappeared years ago. Metal Locators do at times find brass buttons etc from training done on the beach during WWII, but finds are few and far between. The Tybee Police Chief told me no problem using a Metal Locator as long as you stay on the beach. I wandered thru one concrete bunker type building that is in poor condition but nothing to look at except rotting furniture and moldy office items. I think the steel rails still in the ceiling in some places were to move heavy shells maybe even powder kegs. The officers quarters is a nice looking wooden structure that is still in good shape but not open to the public. I'm sorry, the few pictures that were taken for vacation not thinking of historical photos at the time. I believe they are on a Disc my wife may have and are of the very large 12" WWI era gun and a shot of the back of the main bunkers. Richard


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Out of curiosity I googled Tybee Island and found this wonderful photo archive that includes Fort Screven... at the bottom of the page you can keep clicking on links to see additional photos.


Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Out of curiosity I googled Tybee Island and found this wonderful photo archive that includes Fort Screven... at the bottom of the page you can keep clicking on links to see additional photos.

 

http://www.sip.armstrong.edu/Tybee/Tybeecat.html

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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post-32632-0-45427300-1350432451.jpgpost-32632-0-92652500-1350432480_thumb.jpg Exterior and interior of observation post atop Battery 247.

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post-32632-0-97521200-1350432665_thumb.jpg View from observation post.

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post-32632-0-90037800-1350432856_thumb.jpg Interior, observation post.

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post-32632-0-48851600-1350432969_thumb.jpg Detail of instrument mount. M1910A1 Scope?

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post-32632-0-96930600-1350440991_thumb.jpg What one side of the Battery would look like.

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