Harbor Defense videos


I have always been a fan of ephemeral films – non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. While browsing the Coastal Defense Study Group Forum I found a link to two classic ephemeral films on YouTube, both having been brought to modern attention by Mark Berhow at the Fort MacArthur Museum in Southern California.

The first video shows a range of coastal artillery pieces being fired during drills including 12″ Mortars at Battery Howe in San Francisco, 14″ Railroad guns at Camp Pendleton, and a 16″ gun at Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands (at 4:00 into the clip).

The second film is a c, WW II Signal Corps training video that explains fire control for coastal artillery.

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