Battery 211

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Battery 211 (1943-1948) - Battery 211 was a reinforced concrete, World War II 6 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Greene (2), Washington County, Rhode Island. Battery construction started 29 Dec 1941, was completed 15 Jun 1943 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 22 Jul 1943 at a cost of $ 257,723. Deactivated in 1948.

Fort Greene, Battery 211 Emplacement #1
Fort Greene, Battery 211 Emplacement #2

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with two 6" M1903A2 rapid fire guns mounted on M1 Shielded Barbette Carriages (SBC) placed on either side of an earth covered reinforced concrete magazine and support structure.

6" Gun at Fort Columbia Originally at Fort McAndrew, Battery 281, Argentia, NL, Canada
These 6" World War II coastal gun batteries were designed to replace obsolete Endicott Period Batteries. Of the 87 planned only 45 were completed and many of those were not completed until late in the war (1944-1945).

The 6" guns fired a 105 pound armor-piercing projectile with a range of over 15 miles at a rate of up to 5 rounds per minute. The gun crews were protected by a thick shield around the gun. Only six of these guns remain in the world, two at Fort Columbia in Battery 246, two at Fort Pickens in Battery 234, and two at Fort McAndrew in Battery 282 in Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

6" Gun Crew

Battery 211 Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 6" Rifle 310.9" M1903 A2 21 Watervliet Shielded Barbette (SBC),
M1, #15, Watertown
1943-1948 See note 1
2 6" Rifle 310.9" M1903 A2 46 Watervliet Shielded Barbette (SBC)
M1, #16, Watertown
1943-1948 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, Aug 1944, Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 104-105, 205
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery 211 Plan

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Point Judith, Washington County, Rhode Island

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.3620943 Long: -71.4853469


  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Narragansett Bay, (HDNARB-AP-45), 1 Feb 1945, CDSG


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