History subjects from the USA.
Ze560. The first German POWs from the German Gunboat Geier which was interned in Honolulu Harbor when the war broke out. This picture is displayed in the Ft. Derussy Museum. It reminded me of my heritage. Hitler started the war and as a result Germany lost 25% of its country on demand by Communist Stalin who also divided the rest of Germany. The communist played a very negative role in the Weimar Republic also. That is why I believed the spread of communism has to be stopped and I volunteered to serve three different tours in the Viet Nam War, altogether 4 years in country.Read More
Ze524. In this picture the 16-inch Mk II gun on a railway bogie was being installed in the battery. It was able to shoot two ton explosive shells 28 miles out to the sea. The scale of the gun was larger than main guns on U.S. battle ships. The casemate was installed later during the war.
This picture came from this URL, it has a lot of pictures as the fort looks now much later after the war and after it was abandoned. The City and County of Honolulu owns it and it lets and archery group use it. This is the URL, click here or copy and paste it:
Ze527. Fort Barrette was one of many such gun emplacements around O’ahu, and by the end of World War II, the island was one of the most heavily defended places in the world.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese strafed the then-uncovered gun emplacement, and Cpl. Joseph A. Medlen was killed.
According to William H. Dorrance in “O’ahu’s Hidden History,” the Army in 1942 began to “casemate” or provide overhead protection for the guns with eight to 12 feet of concrete. The above picture and text came from this URL, click here or copy and paste the URL:
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Kapolei fort defended coast, Honolulu Advertiser