American Coastal Defenses 1885–1950

American Coastal Defenses 1885–1950

Fortress 44
  • Author: Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith
  • Illustrator: Peter Bull
  • Short code: FOR 44
  • Publication Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Number of Pages: 64
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In the late-19th century, with the advances in technology and the increase in America's economic stature, a new round of fortification building began in the United States and its overseas territories. Locations such as Portland, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Charlestown, Savannah, Key West, Los Angeles and San Francisco were all extensively fortified. This book provides a concise introduction to the design, development and purpose of American coastal defenses in the "modern" era (1885-1950), a period defined by the use of concrete, steel, and powerful breech-loading rifles. It covers the emplacements, weaponry, equipment, and people that defended their country in times of great change and uncertainty.

Biographical Note

Terrance McGovern has written several fortifications books and authored articles in international fortification journals. He has received degrees from Georgetown University and Tulane University. Terrance lives in McLean, Virginia. Bolling Smith is a former captain in the US Army Reserve. A former chairman of the Coast Defense Study Group, he has edited the Coast Defense Journal for over a decade. He lives in Maryland, USA.Peter Bull graduated from art college in 1979 and has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 25 years. He has created both traditional and digital art for publishers worldwide, and also runs the Peter Bull Art Studio, based in Kent, UK, which he founded in 1975. Peter Chesterton has worked closely with Peter Bull on the subject matter of this book.

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