Occupation Sites in Jersey

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Following the orders to convert Jersey into an impregnable fortress, thousands of slave workers from countries like Russia, Spain, France, Poland, and Algeria built hundreds of bunkers, anti-tank walls, railway systems, as well as many tunnel complexes. Many of these sites are scattered around Jersey's countryside and coastline. Here are a few sites to look out for as you explore Jersey's hidden military secrets. 

Occupation Sites in Jersey

Strongpoint Victoria Tower

Overview

Victoria Tower is a Martello Tower and operational in 1837. The purpose of the tower was to prevent the enemy landing at Anne Port and to prohibit access to Mont Saint Nicolas, protecting Mont Orgueil Castle. During the Second World War, the Germans modified the tower to include a 2cm Anti-Aircraft Gun, machine gun emplacements and the area surrounding the tour became a German Strongpoint. The area has outstanding views of Jersey's east coast, with a backdrop of the Norman coast.

Buses

Route No. 2 will take you from St. Helier around the east coast towards St. Catherine's Breakwater.

 
Strongpoint Grève de Lecq

Overview

Grève de Lecq Bay was a German strongpoint during the Occupation. The German Forces deployed a lot of armaments and bunkers in the area. Today you can still find a Type 670 and a Type 680 Casemate, which housed a 7.5cm Pak 40 Gun and a 10.5cm French Gun. The Harbour has scars of where the Germans installed a tank turret. You can also find traces of rails used to move the searchlight. Near the cafe remains of a latrine and sink block can be found. In the middle of the bay a Jersey Round Tower dominates the view, this Napoleonic era tower was also modified by the Germans to include a secure bunker at the base, and a roof-mounted machine gun.

Buses

Route No. 9 and 12 will take you from St. Helier to Grève de Lecq.

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Occupation Sites in Jersey

Strongpoint Corbière

Overview

The La Corbière area was the home for a large German Infantry Strongpoint with an array of weaponry and six fortifications built with two meter thick walls and ceilings. You will find the dominating MP-2 Naval Artillery Direction and Range-finding Tower. The lower areas towards the Lighthouse have two bunkers for a 10.5cm K331(f) Coastal Defense Gun, an M19 Automatic Fortress Mortar Bunker, a Type 634 Sechsschartentürm (6-Loophole machine gun turret), Type 606 Searchlight Bunker and Multiple machine gun positions built into the rocks. The area is great to explore in the afternoon and if you are there for sunset make sure you have your camera ready.

Buses

Route No. 12, 12a and 22 will take you from St. Helier to Corbière itself.

 
Batterie Moltke

Overview

Batterie Moltke had intended to house four turreted 15cm Naval Artillery Guns that never arrived. The Germans instead used four 155mm Captured French Artillery guns “Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux” (GPF) designated by the Germans as the “K 418(f)”. These four guns arrived on the Island in early 1941 and two were placed near Corbière and two at Batterie Moltke. In 1943 all four are reunited at Moltke to complete the four gun Batterie. Where are the guns now? Well, one was recovered from the Gun Graveyard in the 90’s and is on display at Gun Position Number 4. The other three are still at the bottom of the cliffs. Not only will you find this Gun in place there are so many WWII areas to explore at this site and don't forget your camera!

Buses

Route No. 9 and 12 will take you from St. Helier to Grève de Lecq.

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Occupation Sites in Jersey

Strongpoint Plémont

Overview

Explore the newly restored headland at Plémont and discover a German Second World War Strongpoint. Strongpoint Plemont was a multi-leveled defence with stunning views of the other Channel Islands and Normandy. You will find remains of mortar, machine gun, anti-aircraft and searchlight bunkers. Dominating the high ground is the M3 Army Observation Bunker designed to watch the coast and provide coordinates to the Artillery Batteries across the island. If you follow the path down to the lower level, you will find a large searchlight bunker. The search light able to be pushed on a rail system to two surviving emplacements. As a lot of the site is on our cliff paths, please take care.

Buses

Route No. 8 and 9 will take you from St. Helier to Plémont itself.

 
Batterie Lothringen

Overview

Batterie Lothringen was the only German Naval batterie on Jersey. The Batterie had four 15cm SKL/45 guns that were installed on elevated platforms. In the 90's the Channel Island Occupation Society recovered one of the batteries gun barrels, which were thrown off the cliffs at the end of the war and this is on display in Gun emplacement Number One. Starting from the Gun number One you can follow a series of paths around the site and explore many of the open bunkers. When you reach the south cliff side, you will find the MP-1 Naval Artillery Direction and Range-finding Tower and the top of the M-132 Underground Command Bunker. The area provides a good few hours of exploration so, give yourselves some time to get round the whole site.

Buses

Route No. 12a will take you from St. Helier to Portelet Bay, just a few minutes walk from Noirmont point.

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South Hill Area

Overview

From Liberation Square in St Helier head in the direction of the large exhaust tower to the old harbour, and you will find South Hill. A vast amount of Second World War history is in this area. At the base of the South Hill rock, you will find A German Tunnel and a railway tunnel. Follow the pavement up the hill, and you will find a small car park overlooking the Harbour. Here there is an entrance to the top of South Hill. Follow the lane to the top, and there you find a Victorian Gun position that was modified by the Germans to become as resistance nest. As you head back down, you will notice an area, marked with a memorial plaque that was the Allied Prisoner of War Camp.

Buses

Route No. 1 will take you from St. Helier to the closest point at the bottom of Mount Bingham near Havre des Pas.

 
The Anti-Tank Bunkers of St Aubin's Bay

Overview

Starting opposite the Grand Hotel, there is a lovely seaside walk you can take which will introduce you to four German Resistance Nests. Each Resistance Nest has a Type 631b casemates. These casemates housed a Czechoslovakian 4.7cm PakK 36(t) Anti-Tank Gun with a co-axial MG37(t) machine gun. These casemates were built into the sea wall and had an interlocking range of fire covering St Aubin's Bay. From town to Bell Royal the first resistance nest (WN) you will find is WN Grand Hotel, the second is WN First Tower, the third is WN Millbrook and finally, the fourth was WN Bell Royal.

Buses

There are a number of buses that run the entire length of St. Aubin's Bay, but these sites are best explored on foot. There is a walking and cycle path running parallel with the sea wall.

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