Fort Miles is in Cape Henlopen State Park near historic Lewes and the site of Delaware’s first Dutch settlement. Named for Gen. Nelson Appleton Miles, this powerful seacoast fortification was built during World War II to defend the vital industries of the Delaware Valley. Included in this volume are rare vintage photographs of the fort’s heavy artillery, hundreds of 3,000-pound sea mines, and radar systems that searched the nearby ocean for the enemy surface fleet. Its powerful 12- and 16-inch guns could reach out between 15 and 25 miles to attack an adversary. Today, the fort is being reborn as one of the best World War II museums in the country; it is housed in a real World War II bunker and includes the barracks complex and fire control towers.
Author Bio: Dr. Gary Wray co-founded and now serves as president of the Fort Miles Historical Association. He also teaches history at Wilmington College and in the Ph.D. program at University of Maryland Eastern Shore