Manhattan Beach Military Reservation

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Manhattan Beach Military Reservation (1942-1945) - An World War II Coastal Military Reservation first established in 1942 in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California. A sub-post of Fort MacArthur. Abandoned in 1945.

Manhattan Beach Military Reservation Locale on 18th Street

World War II (1941-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Los Angeles.

Manhattan Beach Military Reservation was established in December 1941 by two gun sections of Battery E, 52nd U.S. Coast Artillery, (Railway) who arrived from Fort Hancock (2), New Jersey, on 24 Dec 1941. This unit arrived with two 8" railway guns and supporting cars and initially emplaced on 27 Dec 1941 at Railroad Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan Beach pending the construction of a rail spur and support structures. The rail spur and support facilities were completed in August 1942 and the railroad guns moved into position on the high ground on 18th Street, Manhattan Beach. The railroad guns remained emplaced until they were ordered sent to the Sierra Ordnance Depot on 19 Apr 1944.

Manhattan Beach Military Reservation World War II Battery (edit list)
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery Eubank 2 8" Railway 1942-1942-1943-1944 $ 46,907
Source: CDSG
Manhattan Beach Military Reservation & Battery Eubanks Plan

Current Status

Overbuilt with private homes in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County, California.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 2084740

Location: Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

Maps & Images

Lat: 33.8908333 Long: -118.4075


  • Monett, Cole & Cleland, Harbor Defenses of Los Angeles in World War II, 1945, reprint by Fort MacArthur Military Press, 1992, 44 pages, text and maps, page 7
  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project Harbor Defenses of Los Angeles, (LA-AN-WDC-44), 31 Aug 1944, CDSG, page 3


Visited: 7 Jan 2013

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