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Thank 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.

The 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. 

As 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 few meters. 

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.

Estimated cost:  $600.00

M1910A1 Azimuth Instrument
Enemy 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.

Estimated cost:  $1,000

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.

Estimated cost:  $3,000 - $8,000

 

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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 obtaining items.

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