Sagamore Hill Military Reservation

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Sagamore Hill Military Reservation
Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
155mm GPF Garden Island WA 1943 AWM 054026.jpeg
A 155mm gun, similar to those at Sagamore Hill, on a Panama mount.
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Type Coastal Defense
Site information
Owner Massachusetts
Controlled by United States Army
Site history
Built 1940s
Built by United States Army
In use 1941–1945
Battles/wars World War II
Garrison information
Garrison Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
Occupants Battery C, 241st Coast Artillery

Sagamore Hill Military Reservation was a coastal defense site located in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts. Today, the site is the location of Scusset Beach State Reservation.

History

Sagamore Hill Military Reservation was built on state land in 1941-1942 by Battery C, 241st Coast Artillery Regiment of the Massachusetts National Guard, beginning shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Its mission was to protect the northern entrance of the Cape Cod Canal from possible naval attack; it was mirrored at the southern entrance by Butler Point Military Reservation. The site had two "Panama mounts" (circular concrete platforms) for two towed 155mm guns. It never fired its guns in defense but did play an important part in the defense of the canal. The reservation was deactivated on 1 April 1945.[1]

The site now

The Panama mounts and battery commander's station of the two-gun 155 mm battery still remain, as well as several magazine "igloos".[2]

See also

References

  • Berhow, Mark A., Ed. (2015). American Seacoast Defenses, A Reference Guide, Third Edition. McLean, Virginia: CDSG Press. ISBN 978-0-9748167-3-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Butler, Gerald (2002). The Military History of the Cape Cod Canal. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738510092.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Farson, Robert H. (1977). The Cape Cod Canal. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0819550124.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lewis, Emanuel Raymond (1979). Seacoast Fortifications of the United States. Annapolis: Leeward Publications. ISBN 978-0-929521-11-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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