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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.


About the Author

Matthew Kent
melski28 City and County of San Francisco, CA.

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.
During his childhood in the early 1980’s, Kent with his father in tow, spent his summer vacations exploring fortifications and their elements at Fort Winfield Scott and various surrounding forts in and around San Francisco. All the while, Kent was taking color photographs of the sites he encountered with a Kodak X-15 Instamatic Camera.
In 2007, Kent decided to share his love of fortifications and soon began work on writing a field guide on the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco and its various elements built from 1890 through 1950. In 2011, Kent decided to completely update his original work with new and upupdated material, as well as correcting a number of errors and omissions found in the first edition. This field guide is his second book.

Publish Date  September 20, 2009

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  280 pgs Standard Paper

Category  History

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dmsebby says

An outstanding reference for anyone interested in the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco. I wish I had a copy when I was investigating the HDSF for the Army Corps of Engineers. Saves a lot of time and effort for the amateur and professional historian who want to do "boots on the ground" sightseeing or research. A must for any Army or NPS historian who has even the most passing interest in HDSF.

posted at 03:43pm Dec 11 PST


Kaneoheboy says

Well written book, loaded with numerous photos and drawings of the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco. The author spent a great deal of time compiling the data, and photographing the extant structures in color.

John D. Bennett, member CDSG

posted at 11:29am Dec 08 PST


jrstanton says

Just got my copy and it really exceeded my expectations. Comprehensive and detailed at just the right level. I'm going to SF next month to explore all the forts and this book will be by my side. Great job Matt, keep up the good work!

John Stanton -

posted at 07:18am Dec 08 PST


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