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  Gemo Island Battery (Gemo Battery)
Australian Army
"Letter Battery"
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Justin Taylan 2003

Located on the eastern side of Gemo Island bordering Fairfax Harbor towards Port Moresby.

One of the Port Moresby Gun Batteries. During the middle of April 1944, built by the Australian 8th Army Troops Company / Royal Engineers built a gun battery facing eastward. It accommodated two 6 pound guns, with a concrete ammunition storage area and bunker behind it. They used building materials transported to the island by barge and a small trolley system. Two pillboxes were built on the beach and a small dock. An encampment area was located to the side of the guns, halfway up the hillside.

The foundation of the battery and pillboxes are still present to this day.

The 'Letter' Batteries by Reg Kidd & Ray Neal details the history of this gun battery
The Coastal Gun Batteries of Port Moresby - Then & Now by John Douglas

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February 4, 2018


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