|Over the years many have wondered about the "gun" mounted
in front of Building 600, Shemya, AK. Here's some answers for you. (Our thanks to George Blood for furnishing this picture. You can
see more of George's pictures in his "Shemya
Sam Stokes was kind enough to furnish this information for us:
The gun pictured in front of Building 600 is a WW-II 90mm Anti-Aircraft piece that was also used in a anti-motor-torpedo-boat (AMTB) role. It appears that this piece is sitting on a AMTB mount. Only about 800 of these were made, and only about 5 or 6 still exist.
There were a number of 90mm AMTB batteries in the Harbor Defenses of Los Angeles.
Additional Data from the "History of Fort Tilden, NY" web site:
The Anti-Motor-Torpedo-Boat (AMTB) 90mm gun M1 on mount M3 was developed in 1941 to provide a weapon that was effective against fast torpedo boats, aircraft, and land targets. It could be controlled manually or automatically through a remote control system. A protective shield was installed around the gun and allowed crew access and gun loading through the rear. Many AMTB batteries were installed in American harbors. (See Web Site)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2013 13:54
Originally published 19 April 2002