Thursday, March 10
Friday, March 11, at noon at Hotel Rodney: George Contant presents "Battery X, a Classified Military Project at Ft. Miles in Lewes, Delaware"
During the 1940’s, Fort Miles was a bustling coastal defense fort just outside of the small town of Lewes. Women were just beginning to come into military service to “free a man to fight”, but were forbidden to participate in anything remotely related to combat themselves. Women might not be able to physically load a huge anti-aircraft artillery piece but many were convinced that they were more than able to find the enemy and tell male gunners where to point those guns.
Battery X testing occurred at the gunnery range at Bethany Beach, which was a sub-post of Fort Miles. Fort Miles was about to play a major role in a scheme that would not be declassified from Top Secret until 1968. In honor of Women’s History Month, be a part of this lecture and hear a lesser known story of Lewes’s collective past.
Please consider joining us for this unique educational opportunity!
These programs are sponsored by Hotel Rodney.
About the Speaker:
Speaker George Contant has been a Delaware State Park historian-researcher since 1999. He is also the curator for the Middletown Historical Society and was the researcher and composer for the “Middletown Goes to War” exhibit, designed by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs' CARE Team.
Image: Battery X testing occurred at the gunnery range at Bethany Beach, which was a sub-post of Fort Miles. CREDIT: Delaware Public Archives.
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