Battery Const. #296
Castle Bluff, Long Island, HD Kodiak
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Located at the northern end of Long Island, Battery #296 is one of two "split-level" 200 series batteries built by the US during the 1940s (The other being Battery Const. #296 in Seward). In these batteries the front corridor and rooms adjoining it are one story higher than the plotting and power areas to the rear. A stairway in the center corridor provides access between the two levels. In addition, the plotting complex and power plant are on opposite sides of the center corridor when compared to a typical 200 series battery.

The battery was armed with a pair of 6-inch guns mounted in turret-like steel shields, one on either side of the central battery structure. Both guns were destroyed in place sometime after the war and significant portions of the guns and carriages remain at the site.

Emplacement #1
Emplacement #2
Power plant
Plotting Complex
Battery Command station



Center Corridor


The rear entrance.
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Detail of the rear doors.
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Looking southeast just inside the rear entrance.
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Looking northwest at the rear entrance.
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Looking southeast in the center corridor.
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Looking northwest from the foot of the stairway.
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Looking up the stairway.
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Looking northwest at the top of the stairway.
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Detail of electrical box at the foot of the stairway.
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Detail of calcified electrical box in center corridor.
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Front Corridor


Looking southwest from the center of the front corridor.
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Looking northeast from the center of the front corridor.
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Looking southwest from the #2 end of the front corridor.
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Looking northeast from the #1 end of the center of the front corridor.
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Detail of recess in the southeast wall near the center of the front corridor.
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Documents
Form 1May 1, 1944
Form 7, page 1May 1, 1944
Form 7, page 2May 1944
Form 7, page 3May 1944
Form 7, page 4May 1944
Form 5 
Form 2, plotting roomMay 1, 1944
Plan, plotting roomSeptember 1, 1945
Detail map of area.September 1944
Fire Control Chart.October 1944




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