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Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The abrupt end of Fort Miles

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
1. The abrupt end of Fort Miles Marker
Inscription. The Army started dismantling Fort Miles before it was even finished – not in the face of enemy invasion but because advances in warfare made it instantly obsolete. In fact, as early as 1943, construction of the entire nationwide Harbor Defense Modernization Plan was suspended when it was only two-thirds completed. By 1943, the tide of war had shifted in our favor, removing the threat to our shores. However, the biggest shift occurred with the huge strides in amphibious warfare. From the Allied landings in North Africa in the Fall of 1942 to the D-Day landing in Normandy in June 1944, we learned how to land large armies on beaches that were far removed from harbor fortifications. These beach landings made all permanent fortifications, like Fort Miles, instantly obsolete.
 
Location. 38° 56.61′ N, 74° 58.017′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is on Sunset Blvd. (County Route 606), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located near the World War II Lookout Tower. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landscape (here, next to this marker); Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next
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By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
2. Markers in Cape May
Several markers are found at this location. The "abrupt end of Fort Miles" marker is seen here on the right.
to this marker); The Top of the Fire Tower (here, next to this marker); History of Coastal Defenses (a few steps from this marker); Fire Control Tower No. 23 (a few steps from this marker); The Construction of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); Cape May during World War II (a few steps from this marker); S.S. Atlantus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a silhouette of the area showing Fire Control Tower No. 23 and a World War II soldier. Also present are two photographs of the Army making amphibious landings of troops and equipment.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Miles website. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
The abrupt end of Fort Miles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
3. The abrupt end of Fort Miles Marker
Fire Control Tower No. 23 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
4. Fire Control Tower No. 23
The marker is located at the base of this World War II lookout tower.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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