Battery AMTB 8 - Peck

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Battery AMTB 8 - Peck (1943-1946) - Battery AMTB 8 - Peck was a reinforced concrete World War II AMTB rapid fire 90mm gun battery on Fort Hancock (2), New Jersey. Battery construction started in 1943, was completed in 1943 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use in 1943. Deactivated in 1946.

Battery AMTB 8 - Peck History

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York.
The AMTB battery at old Battery Peck consisted of two 90mm guns mounted on 90mm M3 fixed gun mounts and two 90mm guns mounted on 90mm M1A1 mobile gun mounts. Concrete pads for both these fixed guns were laid in the old Battery Peck gun platforms. The battery had a dual mission of defense against fast enemy motor torpedo boats and enemy aircraft. The effective range of the guns was about 8,000 yards. Each weapon required a crew of 15, 9 men in the gun squad and 6 men in the ammunition squad.


AMTB Front View
AMTB Interior View
AMTB Side View
AMTB Back View

The above photos were taken at Fort Monroe, Battery Parrott

From FM 4-91: "This weapon consists of the 90-mm gun M1 and top carriage M1A1 on the 90-mm gun mount M3. The mount M3 is of the turret type, the shielding being constructed of boiler plates. This boiler plate shield provide fragmentation protection only. No shielding is provided at the rear due to the requirements for service of the piece. A sighting port in the shielding in front permits sighting in direction by the gun pointer."

References:

  • FM 4-91 - 90-MM Gun, Fixed Mount Service of the Piece
  • FM 4-126 - Antiaircraft Artillery, Service of the Piece, 90-mm Antiaircraft Gun
  • TM 9-373 - 90-mm Gun M1 and 90-mm Gun Mount T3 (M3)


Battery AMTB 8 - Peck Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 90mm Rifle 186.15" M1 6887 Chevrolet Pedestal Mount, T3-M3, #72, Fisher 1943-1946
2 90mm Rifle 186.15" M1 3096 Watervliet Mobile Mount, M1A1, #980, Allis Chalmers 1943-1946
3 90mm Rifle 186.15" M1 5200 Chevrolet Pedestal Mount, T3-M3, #137, Fisher 1943-1946
4 90mm Rifle 186.15" M1 3210 Watervliet Mobile Mount, M1A1, #1869, Worthington 1943-1946
Source: RCW Form 1, 10 Nov 1943, 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 80-81, 207
Battery AMTB 8 - Peck Plan


Current Status

No period gun or mounts in place.


Location: Fort Hancock (2), New Jersey

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.4714041 Long: -74.0057516

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of New York, (HDNY-AN-44), 1 Sep 1944, CDSG

Links:

Visited: 14 Aug 2010



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