About the Book
This book is a concise full color field guide to the harbor defenses of San Francisco, comprising of all seacoast fortifications and their elements from 1890 through 1950. The field guide covers all major gun batteries, mine facilities, mine casemates, anti-aircraft gun positions, fire control stations, radar stations, sheltered searchlight positions, and more. Additionally, all forts and military reservations located immediately north and south of San Francisco are included as well.
Harbor Defenses of San Francisco – A Field Guide also contains complete historical information, blueprints, period maps, and full color photographs, including up- to-date site maps made from satellite photographs. This book was specifically designed for fortification enthusiasts to use in the field when visiting these historic sites.
Matthew W. Kent was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and is a graduate of Lincoln High School (1991), and San Francisco State University (1997), with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Beginning in 2007, Kent decided to share his love of fortifications and soon began work on writing a field guide comprising of the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco and its various elements built from 1890 to 1950. In 2011, Kent decided to completely update his original work with new and updated material, as well as correcting anumber of errors and omissions found in the first edition. In 2016, Kent undertook a new endeavor in an effort to document the relatively small and lesser known coast defense military reservations of northern Marin County. The fruit of this labor is his third book.