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. 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.