FIXED COAST DEFENCES
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
Forts and Coastal Gun Batteries

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ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY DEFENCES IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

BUNKER. TUNNELS, ETC

 

Fixed Coast and Anti-Aircraft defences in Australia in September 1943 were organised as follows:-

New South Wales 2nd Australian Army
Northern Territory NT Force
Queensland 1st Australian Army
Victoria 2nd Australian Army
Western Australia 3rd Australian Corps

 

QUEENSLAND

Bandicoot Battery
Emu Battery
(Combyuro Point, Moreton Island)
Big Gun
155mm Gun at Logan Road, Springwood, Brisbane
Cowan Battery
(Cowan Cowan, Moreton Island)
Endeavour Battery
(aka Entrance Battery)
(Torres Strait)
False Cape Battery
( Cairns)
Bribie Battery
Fort Bribie
(Bribie Island)
Fort Kissing Point
(aka Kissing Battery)
(Townsville)
Fort Lytton
Lytton Section
(Brisbane)
Rous Battery
or Fort Rous
(Moreton Island)
Goods Battery
(aka Tucker Battery)
(Torres Strait)
HQ Torres Strait Fixed Defences
HQ Coast Artillery Torres Strait
HQ Torres Strait Coast Artillery
Headquarters for 40th Coastal Artillery Brigade (U.S. Army)
HQ Townsville Fixed Defences
HQ Coast Artillery Townsville
HQ Townsville Coast Artillery
King Section
(King Point, Horn Island)
Magazine Battery
(Townsville Harbour)
Magnetic Battery 
(aka Magnetic Island Forts)

(Magnetic Island)
Milman Battery
(Torres Strait)
Pallarenda Battery
(Townsville)
Portland Roads Battery
Coast Artillery, Portland Roads
Skirmish Battery
(aka Woorim Battery)
(
Bribie Island)
Turtle Battery
(Torres Strait)

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Banks Battery
(Sydney)
Bare Section
(aka Bare Battery)
Botany Fire Command
Bowen Battery
Coast Artillery Jervis Bay
(aka Bowen Section)
Breakwater Battery
(aka Kembla Battery)
(Southern harbour breakwater, Port Kembla)
Bradley Section
Cobblers Section
Shelley Section
Broken Section Brooklyn Section
(near Brooklyn)
Casemate Battery
Cronulla Section
(aka Port Hacking Section)
Drummond Battery
(Port Kembla)
Dune Battery
(Dune Section near Fort Wallace)
Fish Battery
(South of Fisherman's Beach, Port Kembla)
Fort Redhead
Glenrock State Recreational Area
Fort Scratchley (aka Scratchley Battery)
(Newcastle)
Fort Wallace, Stockton near Newcastle, NSW (Wallace Battery) Georges Heights Battery
aka Georges Battery
Hornby Battery
Goon Battery
(mouth of Tom Thumb Lagoon, Port Kembla)
Gun Emplacement, Middle Harbour, Chowder Bay
(Sydney)
Hawkesbury Fire Command Henry Section
HQ Sydney Fixed Defences
HQ Coastal Artillery, Sydney
HQ Sydney Coastal Artillery
Henry Battery
(Sydney)
Hornby Battery
(Sydney)
Illowra Battery,
W
ollongong Hill, 60 Battery
(Red Point, Port Kembla)
Inner Harbour Defence Fire Command Juno Point Battery (aka Juno Section)
(Hawkesbury)
Laing Battery
Green Section
La Perouse Battery
(Sydney)
Macquarie Battery
(Vaucluse, Sydney)
Malabar Battery
(Sydney)
Mark Battery Middle Battery
Middle Head Fortress
(Sydney)
Mole Battery
(Northern breakwater, Port Kembla)
Nebo Battery
(Red Hill, Port Kembla)
North Battery
(Sydney)
Park Battery (aka Shepherd Battery)
(Newcastle)
Port Kembla Fire command
HQ Port Kembla Fixed Defences
HQ Coast Artillery Kembla
HQ Kembla Coast Artillery
Rail Section (aka Mole Section (1))
Hunter Section (aka Nobby's Section)
Signal Battery
(Sydney)
South Head Fort
or Hornby Battery

(Sydney)
Tomaree Battery
(Port Stephens)
Tumbledown Section
(overlooking Resolute Bay)
West Battery
(Sydney)
West Head Battery
(Hawkesbury)

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Dudley Battery
(Darwin)
East Battery
(Darwin)
Emery Battery
(Darwin)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Largs Battery
Adelaide Fixed Defences Heavy Battery
Adelaide Fixed Defences Heavy Artillery
Adelaide Coast Artillery (VDC)
(Adelaide)
Birkenhead Section
Outer Harbour Section
 

 

TASMANIA

Direction Battery
(Hobart)

HQ Hobart Fortress
HQ Heavy Artillery Hobart Covering Force
HQ Hobart Fixed Defences
HQ Coast Artillery, Hobart
HQ Hobart Coastal Artillery
Pierson Battery
(Hobart)

 

VICTORIA

Cribb Battery
(Port Phillip)
Crow's Nest Battery
(Port Phillip)
Fort Cheviot
Franklin Section HQ RAA Command Port Phillip
HQ Port Phillip Fixed Defences
HQ Coastal Artillery Port Phillip
HQ Port Phillip Coastal Artillery
HQ Fixed Defences Victoria
Queenscliff Battery
Fort Queenscliff
near Geelong
Lonsdale Battery
(Port Phillip)
Nepean Battery
(Port Phillip)
Pearce Battery
(Port Phillip)
Sandringham Training Battery    

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Arthur's Head Battery Bickley Battery
(Rottnest Island)
Beacon Battery
(Garden Island)
Challenger Battery
also known as 'J' Battery
(Garden Island)
Collie? Battery
(Fremantle)
Geraldton Battery
(US Navy - 2 x 4" guns)
Harbour Battery
(Fremantle)
Leighton Battery, Buckland Hill
(northern side of Port Fremantle)
North and South Mole Battery
Oliver Hill Battery
(Rottnest Island)
Peron Battery
also known as 'K' Battery,
(Cape Peron, Rockingham)
Princess Royal Fortress
(Albany)
Rottnest Island Battery Rottnest Island Army Stores buildings Scriven Battery,
(Garden Island)
South Fremantle Swanbourne Battery
(Fremantle)
 

 

The following map is from the book "The Gunners - A History of Australian Artillery" by David Horner. It shows fixed defences in Australia, August 1944

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