By Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

A brand new around of fortification development started within the usa and its in a foreign country territories within the late-19th century, which benefited from the newest know-how and the rise in America's all over the world fiscal stature. This e-book offers a concise advent to the layout, improvement and goal of yank coastal defenses within the "modern" interval (1885-1950), a interval outlined by way of concrete, metal, and robust breech-loading rifles. filled with interval and modern day photos of the fortifications, and written via a number one specialist, it covers the emplacements, weaponry, apparatus, and other people that defended their state in occasions of serious swap and uncertainty.

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