you for taking the time to learn
more about our organization.
You'll find more info on who we are
and the mission of our organization
by exploring the menu items above.
volunteers of this organization
build their impressions using their
own resources. On average, our
members spend $1,000 to $4,000 on
their impressions. One of our
members has invested over $20,000 to
date in obtaining assets that we use
to educate the public on the role of
the 261st in the Second World War.
we continue to build our membership,
our motor pool, and our resources -
we have decided to reach out and ask
for your support. Below you
will find details on some of the
projects we're taking on, and the
costs associated with them.
Portable Plotting Table
|If there is
one single object that pulls the concept of
the Service of Coast Artillery together into
a tangible, understandable and visual
learning experience for our visitors - there
is no better tool than a plotting table.
These massive tables were used to
triangulate the position of an enemy vessel
in a weapon's field of fire. The table
was accurate enough to exactly calculate the
position, course and speed of the target.
Using complex algebra and geometry, a
plotting crew was able to engage a target at
over 18,000 yards with an accuracy of just a
We are currently working to build a
conceptual model of one of these plotting
tables that is easily broken down and packed
into a case for transport to off-site
events. This table will be nearly 6
feet in length with a sturdy frame, accurate
gun and base arms, and a painted table top
depicting the Delaware Bay. The table
will be coated with a satin polyurethane
finish to protect against abrasion damage.
This table will allow the 261st to set up
anywhere from public venues to schools to
teach visitors and children alike about the
mathematics of defense.
M1910A1 Azimuth Instrument
vessels were spotted from Fire Control
Towers using a tool called an "M1910A1
Azimuth Instrument." This scope was
used to precisely measure the angle between
another known point (another tower) and a
line of sight to target. Using two
known points, the position of the target was
plotted in the plotting room, and firing
data was sent to the weapons. This
scope makes an excellent display along with
a plotting table, effectively tying the fire
control system together for the visitor.
1938 - 1941 Staff Car
|One of the
most impressive aspects of any re-enactment
unit is the motor pool. Few things
give the ambiance of the time than the
equipment and vehicles used by the military
of the time. The unit has been working
to obtain a staff car for restoration and
use at events both on post and off.
$3,000 - $8,000
the 261st Coast Artillery by securely donating via
Donations can be directed to a specific project or
will be used to obtain items needed to help restore
the Fort Miles Historic Site at Cape Henlopen State
Park. The 261st donates all monies to the Fort
Miles Historical Association (501c3) before
Thank you for your support!