Each observation slit of a tower observed for one particular battery and was fitted with range finding equipment. Barbed wire and minefields would have protected the nest.[4]:37. The forced labour came from the millions of prisoners taken during Operation Barbarossa, and arrived in the Islands in late 1942. A Stützpunktgruppe (Strongpoint group) was a cluster of SP's and WN's under command of a Battalion. Historic defence works, considered by the engineers to be of high quality construction and well placed were given concrete additions,[16]:68 Castle Cornet, Vale Castle, Fort Hommet and Bréhon Tower amongst them and would become SP's or WN's. Up to 7,000 Organisation Todt workers in Guernsey built mainly in two years, between 1941 and 1943, the bulk of the fortifications. The OT pay scale would provide them with 60% more than the normal local wages,[10]:150 but a team of eight plasterers negotiated a pay rise so they were each paid £12 a week if they managed to plaster 35m² per 10-hour shift. Reinforced wire obstacle; 11). Service was compulsory in the militia for every man in the Island. They are the most obvious symbol of German construction. Roads going northwest to southeast were yellow; those going northeast to southwest were red. Each of the Islands of Guernsey had a completely different occupation experience, from total evacuation to horrifying occupation. Clearance in the wood along t… They were supposed to be paid 55 Reichspfennig an hour. The German Festung Guernsey book recorded 616,000m³ of concrete used in Guernsey, almost 10% of the concrete used in the Atlantic Wall. Shops for joiners and lock smiths were set up. Four are located in Guernsey. Memoirs of Captain Henry Beckingham in command of clearing minefields after the War. [4]:9 A casemate with a 10.5 cm gun has been restored at Hommet headland, north of Vazon and is open to the public. Turned Guernsey into a fortress.”. Using the Regelbau standardized plans, each site was excavated normally using manual labour, sometimes needing explosives, the materials excavated generally being kept close by. Activity decreased following the conclusion of the Battle of Britain,[16]:51 with the airfield being used more for refuelling and inter-island communications rather than as a base for permanent aircraft. It was necessary to pour the concrete in as continuous operation as possible to avoid joints that would weaken the structure. [1]:196 Reinforced with additional Heer units including 16th Machine Gun Battalion and 213th Panzer Battalion, and Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe units. Aerial photograph of Vazon Bay with Stützpunkt Rotenstein at the top, Resistance in the German-occupied Channel Islands, Civilian life under the German occupation of the Channel Islands, Fort Hommet 10.5 cm Coastal Defence Gun Casement Bunker, "World War II anti-landing devices found in Guernsey", Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre, Policy and Resources Committee of Guernsey, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=German_fortification_of_Guernsey&oldid=993985887, Military history of the Channel Islands during World War II, Channel Islands articles missing geocoordinate data, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Find out more about the history that inspired The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. Lastly, the Germans produced a map, suitably marked, for their soldiers.[26]:19. [8] A power station was built in the Bouet by OT. Thousands of foreign prisoners and labourers were shipped to the Islands to complete the construction. [3]:14–26 Tunnelling could be continued 24 hours a day with two 12 hours shifts as lighting in the tunnel could not be seen outside at night. Today, many bunkers can be viewed and even explored, “The Germans laid barbed wire all along. Guernsey received a few tracked anti-tank guns, but relied more on guns such as the 3.7 cm Pak 35/36, fifteen 5 cm Pak 38, and eight 7.5 cm Pak 40. From October 1941 and especially throughout 1942, building works moved ahead rapidly in hundreds of sites. Camouflaged barrier and machine-gun nest; 10). This resulted in damage to three guns in open pits and the deaths of two men from their crews. Guernsey, although the smallest of the two, was given special treatment and had 12,000 troops inland, that’s one German soldier for every two civilians. Bruno spiral barbed wire; 7). From the beginning of 1943 further construction work became a lower priority as the by then existing defences were sufficiently strong. Anti tank walls built at the high water mark. 4 tunnels at La Valette in St Peter Port, to hold 480 tons of fuel. French Renault Char B1 tanks, destined for Rommel in North Africa in early 1942, also were diverted to the Channel Islands. Bunker Archaeology: The German WW2 fortifications of Agii Apostoli in Crete Interviews, Then and Now, WW2 in Greece, WW2 Wrecks. As a result of this, the island is flooded with German bunkers and fortifications which can now be explored by members of the public. Ninety-six known graves of these workers are in Guernsey and 397 in Alderney. On 2 June 1941 Adolf Hitler asked for maps of the Channel Islands; these were provided the next day. [1]:210–5 [10]:39, The manual labour would be provided using Gastarbeitnehmer (guest workers), Militärinternierte (military internees), Zivilarbeiter (civilian workers), Ostarbeiter (Eastern workers), and Hilfswillige ("volunteer") POW workers. [18]:298 Areas overlooked by cliffs had 1,000 roll bombs, 300 lb French shells, suspended on wires that could by cut, resulting in the bomb falling and when a second wire was pulled, detonating, normally at the base of the cliff. Wire barrier around the dugout; 15). Alderney was considered too well-protected against aircraft attack so HMS Rodney had the mission of shelling it. Of the 96 OT workers who died in Guernsey, the majority died as a result of tunnelling accidents, a British bombing raid on St Peter Port in January 1942, and typhus in February 1943. With several concrete constructions, they were adapted to the circumstances, such as WN Grune Dune, which is at Rocquaine Bay, comprising two anti-tank gun casemates, a multi loophole steel turret bunker mounting several machine guns, a personnel bunker with a periscope, anti tank wall, observation position and small command bunker. Most beach defences were designed to fire across the beach, the embrasures being protected from enemy fire from the open sea. One of the most significant periods in the Channel Islands’ history was the German Occupation during World War II. Minefeilds; 2). The initial plan was for two towers to observe a target and through measuring angles determine its distance and therefore grid reference. Mines, controled from the machine-gun nest; 9). Anti landing craft objects of steel and wood, thousands of tetrahedra and Czech hedgehog, often with teller mines attached on the beaches.[19]. The resulting construction work in the Channel Islands was extensive; it required thousands of workers and massive supplies of cement and steel. In cinemas April 20th. 319 Infantry Division (319 ID), which had been created in November 1940 and was designed as a static division for service in occupied Europe, was allocated to the islands. One cubic metre of concrete contained 400 kg cement, 1,800 kg aggregate and sand, 170-200 litres water. Fourteen were started, few were completely finished, some were half built, others abandoned early when poor rock quality was hit, or priorities changed. Individual troops – field fortifications, slit trenches etc. [24]:2, Some positions were buried under soil and landscaped with plants and trees. Seventeen additional 4.7 cm Pak 36(t) were emplaced in field positions. Two of the batteries were in casemates; three were in reinforced in field positions of earth and timber construction.[4]:59–60. [8] The original defence order was reinforced with a second order, dated 20 October 1941, following a Fuhrer conference on 18 October to discuss the engineers' assessment of requirements. From April to September 1943 shipments by sea to the Channel Islands averaged 20,000 tons per month. Fittings such as air purification systems, showers, gas proof doors, telephones, periscopes, and wiring were standardised. The OT organisation designated the Channel Islands work area as Insel Einsatze.[10]:29. It comprised three bunkers: types V142, M172 and V192. 1). Many roadside walls received painted arrows and numbers in red or yellow to indicate directions. Only about 30% of the original 319 ID personnel were still with the unit in June 1944, the fitter men having been sent to the Eastern Front, to be replaced with less fit and non German troops. Put up the lookout towers. Wehrmacht defence works fell into three categories:[5], Festungspionierstab 19 (Fortress Engineer Staff 19) arrived in Guernsey in July 1941, to make plans for the construction works. Whilst the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine had their roles in protecting the islands from the Allies, the occupying forces put their main effort into land defences aimed at repelling a seaborne or airborne assault. It’s hard to estimate as I haven’t seen an exact total I think due in part as there really hasn’t been an assessment by any one group of people but estimates have been totaled to be about 12,000 bunkers in France alone. Water had to be drained and the new floor levelled and the track extended. The designs had been updated as captured enemy fortifications were examined; some were even tested to destruction for effectiveness. Volunteer and conscripted labour would receive much better treatment than would forced labour. [17]:30, A small number of the obsolescent French Renault FT tanks were shipped in 1941 to the island. Five camps were built, however most OT workers went into requisitioned houses. [14]:174 More exotic camouflage, including disguising positions as houses were used. Ho. To eliminate traffic accidents, everyone had to drive and cycle on the right. It had the largest artillery pieces in the Channel Islands, tanks, and 12,000 troops:[1]:204 one soldier for every two civilians on the island, compared to France which had a 1:80 ratio, or higher. [1]:193 Anti glider poles were installed on potential landing sites. Holes through walls for ventilation pipes and cables, doorways and escape routes being put in before the concrete was poured. Würzburg radar units, priority targets for the Allies, were disguised where possible. At Fort Saumarez L’Eree headland, a trench system with machine gun and a Tobruk pit has been opened up and is accessible to the public.[16]:179. Gun is … [22], Widerstandsnest (Resistance nest) (WN) formed a smaller defensive zone, filling in between SP's, and protecting specific points, like artillery batteries or a radar station. The Islands of Guernsey are what’s known as an ‘archipelago’ – a collection of islands located on the English Channel between England and France. Oct 28, 2020 - Explore Marcel Edwards's board "world war 2 Guernsey German soldiers 1940-1945" on Pinterest. 'Wish you were here!' Artillery Regiment 319 was strengthened. [1]:200, Consumable materials were sourced: cement, steel, timber for shuttering, sand and aggregate. [3]:37 They took 2 years to construct. From April, Tours of Guernsey will be offering walking tours around the Scharnhorst Battery, the bunker network on the Fort Hommet headland, and the not-seen-before site at the Mirus Battery. 40 was equipped and used for a short while in 1944 as a hospital, as the planned hospital tunnel had not been built, however patients underground did not recuperate very well.[11]:35. See more ideas about guernsey, world war, channel islands. Netzknotenpunkt (Telephone network bunkers) were built to protect vulnerable exchanges. [17]:21, Anti-airborne landing obstacles were installed, many with explosives attached.[14]:179. They set these gun positions all over. Huge World War Two bunker that Hitler built on Guernsey goes on sale for £155,000 and could be turned into a holiday let. Radio communication bunkers were built. Fortifications of Guernsey. This took the troops in Guernsey up to 12,000. Wood; 16). A special partnership between a tour business and Festung Guernsey will give people the chance to take an in-depth look at some of the island's more hidden-away German fortifications. Several Strongpoint groups made a Verteidigungsbereich (Defence area)[23], Hohlgangsanlagen (cave passage installations) (Ho) were built to store vehicles, ammunition, food, fuel and equipment, Ho. The Channel Islands were seen as a perfect stepping-stone to the invasion of the Great Britain. Six Marinepeilstände (MP) observation towers were built on high points. [13]:57 Some of the workers were Jews; around 1,000 French Jews spent time in the Channel Islands. 10.5cm Gun Casement.JPG 2,560 × 1,920; 1.21 MB Fortress engineers and OT workers returned to France to work on. [1]:190–3, On 16 June 1941 Hitler's instructions to reinforce the islands were transmitted there from Oberbefehlshaber West; the rationale was that an Allied attack "must be reckoned with" in Summer 1941. Renovated positions are open to the public and some have been refitted and opened as museums. Guernsey received two command tanks, 12 normal tanks, and five flame-throwing tanks.[16]:83. [15], Ten other coastal artillery batteries, which included 1 x 15 cm SK C/28 and 1 x French 22 cm K532(f) at Jerbourg Point, run by Marine units, 3 x 21 cm Mörser 18 and 3 x French 22 cm K532(f) army units, all designed primarily to fire out to sea, were placed in open concrete pits so that they could turn 360 degrees. Tunnelling also generated stone. Once the small tunnel was complete, it could be expanded, the width to 6–7 metres and height to 4–7 metres, this was the most dangerous job as rock falls were frequent.[3]:13–14. In this section you will find: Guernsey Occupied - this is a past exhibition about the occupation in general. By 13 June Hitler had made a decision. Film Synopsis: SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/c/VicStefanu - A tour of the German fortifications of Guernsey. during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII. [6]:350 Each area in the Islands was examined and priorities for construction set. [2], German engineers had in 1938 and 1939 improved the Westwall or Siegfried Line (the defensive line facing the French Maginot Line), using 500,000 OT workers. Tiny Guernsey received special treatment. The route from St Peter Port to St Saviour was modified to accommodate the towing of the Batterie Mirus gun pieces by four heavy Sd.Kfz. A Channel Islands historian tells us, "Most of the OT workers started moving back to France towards the end of 1943 to repair the damage the RAF were inflicting on the railways etc, by 6th June 1944 nearly all the building of fortifications had been done, however in Alderney the slave workers were still there. Twenty one of the casemates built into the coast were designed for 10.5 cm K 331(f) French guns that had been acquired in large quantities. Skilled labourers brought over from Germany and Europe were provided with a suitable wage. There is now incontrovertible evidence that a top-secret launcher site for V1 missiles was being constructed on the island - but these ones are likely to have contained Sarin. Ruins of German WW2 fortifications at the coastline of Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK Batterie Dollman gun pit, a WW2 German installation on Pleinmont headland, Guernsey. Fortification in Guernsey was colossal during WWII including bunkers, forts, gun emplacements and tunnels to help create Hitler's Atlantic Wall. Shuttering for concrete walls and if the ceiling was to be done, overhead supports were installed and concrete poured. [4]:30, Dummy positions were set up, including using logs to simulate guns and dummy minefields. [17]:21, Mainly manned by Luftwaffe men of Flak Regiment 292, the multi purpose 8.8 cm Flak 36 were the main defence with a 7,500m effective range, located in six Island batteries and controlled by radar direction finding equipment, backed up by 150 cm searchlights. Fortress Engineers, Festung Pionier Stab XIX, established their HQ at Elizabeth College and stores were set up next to Vale Castle and Bulwer Avenue for timber, stanchions, camouflage paint, anti tank obstacles, steel doors, tank turrets, etc. 1,100 OT workers remained in Jersey in October 1943, of which 530 were Islanders. Some of the OT supervisors were sadistic. By Pierre Kosmidis Info and photos submitted by Emmanouil Tzilivakis, used by permission. Skilled labour was recruited as volunteers from countries that had been overrun by German troops, including the Netherlands, Belgium, and France to top up the thousands of German workers. The two Würzburg and two Freya radar units at Fort George, Guernsey,[4]:63 were repeatedly attacked from the end of May 1944 on. In Guernsey there were five batteries, each of four 10cm Czech artillery, which had a range of 9.6 kilometres (6.0 mi). On the 30th June 1940 German forces invaded Guernsey. [11]:58, Anti-tank artillery was in short supply. Commanding Officer of the German garrison, Lieutenant-General Rudolf Graf von Schmettow, nephew of Gerd von Rundstedt commander of OB West (Commander-in-Chief West),[1]:195 ordered the writing of a 500-page book that described the fortifications in great detail, illustrated with maps, photographs and coloured drawings. The "Westbefestigungen" (Inspector of Western Fortresses) was given responsibility for oversight and was required to generate bi-weekly progress reports. The Naval Signals HQ at St Jacques in St Peter Port was the main communications centre. Some elements were stripped from the Westwall and Maginot Line,[1]:192 others manufactured specifically. Guernsey had a major quarrying industry so had stone and crushing facilities available. Granite stones were built into some concrete walls to give a natural stone finish. Many Dutchmen and others who were brought to Guernsey by the Germans stay… A number of junctions on the route also had sentry and machine gun positions built into granite walls. Whether the Islands were impregnable was never tested, except for Battery Blücher in Alderney. The island of Guernsey has … Divisional engineers – mines and flamethrowers, Army Construction Battalions – reinforced constructions to provide protection of “Vf” Reinforced field-type constructions quality, Fortress Engineers and Fortress Construction Battalions – mounting heavy weapons, some tunnelling, reporting, maps, supervising. The defence shelter with … A command and an observation bunker completes the major fortifications. 25 February 2014. image caption The bunker will open as part of a special military themed week in May. Furthermore, to avoid confusion over road names, the Germans introduced a colour and number code. Under the direct orders from Hitler Guernsey was to become an Impregnable Fortress and work commenced on the building of fortifications. [7]:45 HQ and command bunkers were built for the Fortress Commander at La Corbinerie west of Ville au Roi, connected to one for the 319 Divisional commander. [7]:31 The supply vessels needed escort and flak ships for protection. WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site: ... Heritage Services holds an archive of material relating to the German Occupation of the Island of Guernsey … In September 1944 there were 10,980 troops in Guernsey comprising:[14]:52. [3]:37, The tunnelling system adopted comprised, drilling a series of holes, several metres deep, inserting charges and detonating them, this created a hole 2–3 metres high and the same width. This example shows a bunker disguised as a house. Bruno spiral barbed wire; 5). long hours without respite. Here is a quick overview of what happened on each Island. The largest tunnel complex, two connected tunnel systems, Ho. This weekend marks 75 years since the beginning of the liberation of the Islands of Guernsey after the Second World War. 60 cm searchlights for illuminating the sea, normally protected in small concrete shelters when not in use. Supervisors and OT labour was supplied to German construction companies, ten of which operated in the Channel Islands. However, when multiple targets were visible, it was almost impossible to know which ship each tower was observing. Guernsey and its neighbouring islands have a unique distinction which sets them apart from the rest of the British Isles. OT, formed in 1933, was a construction organization that organised and supervised the work of a number of engineering and const… The Germans found the Islands' fortifications antiquated and woefully inadequate for modern warfare. Many Russians were liberated by the British in Guernsey and Alderney. [16]:101 Naval Range-finding Tower MP 3 at Pleinmont, which has 5 observation levels and had a radar unit on the roof, has become a museum, open to the public. Initially the Germans built only feldmässige Anlage (field-type construction) positions. Most of L'Ancresse bay is protected by a wall. and tunnels were constructed, transforming the tiny archipelago into the most fortified place on earth. Fortress Engineer specialist sub-units such as Compressor, Mining, Rock Drilling, etc., would move between the Islands as required. The first mine was laid in November 1940; altogether there were 118 minefields in Guernsey. However, when it became clear this was not going to happen Hitler issued a directive in October 1941 that the Channel Islands should be converted into an indestructible fortress as part of the Atlantic Wall. Many of the German works are on private land and so inaccessible to the public. The Channel Islands Occupation Society has refitted V142 as a museum.[16]:101. SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/c/VicStefanu - Let's visit the WW2 German fortifications of Guernsey. After the Wehrmacht occupied the Channel Islands on 30 June 1940, they assessed the existing defences to determine if they would be of use. 244,000 m³ of rock were excavated out of the Channel Islands, only a little less than the 255,000m³ in the whole of the rest of the. In total there were around 175 dedicated anti-aircraft guns in the island, plus machine guns on anti-aircraft mountings. Media in category "Fortifications of World War II in Guernsey" The following 48 files are in this category, out of 48 total. Barbed wire, 2 cm Flak positions, a Tobruk pit, 150 cm searchlight, minefields, Pak40 anti tank gun, and a Freya radar supported the battery. It features accommodation bunkers and two fortress quality ammunition bunkers, all linked by deep, concrete-lined trenches. The Germans repaired the battery within a few weeks.[16]:123. eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed By 13 June Hitler had made a decision. visits the Guernsey. A visit by Dr Todt, who was also Minister of Armaments, took place in early October.[7]:16. An additional 13 being mounted in open field positions. One example was a Mirus gun position; another was a 10.5 cm casemate at Houmet.[4]:25. By 1941 the prospect of conquering Britain had decreased and the probability of an eastern war increased, requiring defences to be built to reduce the number and quality of troops required to defend the western ocean areas. WW2 / The Occupation. Cavities filled with rubble. Download this stock image: German WW2 fortifications on Guernsey coastal defences - MPA878 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Apr 8, 2016 - Explore Digital History Archive's board "WWII Fortifications" on Pinterest. L’Ancresse common has, in the middle of the golf course, the six gun Flak Battery Dolman, in concrete emplacements that could be used for a dual purpose as they commanded sea approaches with a 14,000m effective range. [16]:63 Army troops were rotated to Alderney for three month tours of duty. into an impregnable fortress as part of his infamous ‘Atlantic Wall’, heavily fortifying the only British territory he would ever conquer. Guernsey recorded 112 deaths of foreign workers: Channel Islands Occupation Society, (1994), This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 15:37. Sourcing of materials and transport had to be organised. Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and [17]:36 Two batteries were to Fortress-quality positions; the remaining four were in field emplacements. Hundreds of reinforced bunkers, gun emplacements [4]:56–9, Land artillery was situated to fire on landing beaches and inland. The chapters from the original book have been reproduced in a set of ten paperbacks. [4]:9 [18]:294, Machine guns protected within casemates, on top in Tobruk pits, or in trench systems, some with thin overhead protection. When it became clear that conquering Britain would be impossible, Hitler issued orders to convert the Channel Islands Luftwaffe fighter groups JG27 and JG53, equipped with Me Bf 109s, had been based during Kanalkampf in Guernsey in 1940. At the end of the reign of Henry VIII, in 1546 work was begun on building a fortification on the site that would become known as Essex Castle, the only remains are the current North and West walls of the fortification. By 1944 Guernsey’s coastline was covered in concrete fortifications. Fortifications were improved in the Channel Islands, manned by professional soldiers and the Guernsey militia who would help to defend the Island for the next 600 years. [5] There were over 200 standardised armour parts. Each location had defences and facilities to suit its specific needs, the thickness of walls, floor, and ceiling were standard. Guernsey had to pay for the German troops, providing them with and paying for their food, accommodation and transport.[9]:89. Liberation. This video shows inside and outside of a World War 2 German Observation Tower which is on a cliff path at Pleinmont Point, Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Over 16,000 OT workers were brought to the Channel Islands, of whom 7,000 came to Guernsey. Personnel shelters, such as a Type R621 shelter designed for a section of 10 men, had two concealed exits and a ringstellung or Tobruk pit were used in many locations, as were 5 cm and 8 cm mortars. If necessary, timber supports were installed, then the process started again. Conditions in Alderney were the worst where for a period the SS ran some Alderney camps. [1]:212–4, Forced workers from overseas only had the clothes they were wearing when taken, often summer clothes. They were badly fed and clothed and were beaten and punished for minor offences;[11]:33 the Germans considered them expendable and worked some to death. . Using four barrels taken from a 1917 Imperial Russian dreadnaught captured in Norway and resting on platforms manufactured by Friedrich Krupp A.G., these 30.5 cm guns had a potential range of 51 kilometres (32 mi) with lightweight high explosive shells, weighing 250 kg or 31 kilometres (19 mi) with the heavier 405 kg armour piercing shells. Film Synopsis: Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.In cinemas April 20th. In these clips you see some of its famous fortifications including those built by the German occupations forces … However both would suffer damage from bombing and bombardment so the crews worked from inside bunkers. Its guns had a range of 23 kilometres (14 mi). Camouflage in the form of paint, sprayed concrete and straw on wire mesh, and timber constructions were common. OT – most tunnelling, quarrying, railways, roads, loading and unloading ships, supervising civilian construction firms, controlling civilian labour and “St” fortress type constructions. This allowed interlocking and self-supporting fire. [9]:179–180 The OT hospital was at Ruette Braye, its fuel depot at Grandes Rocques, and timber and cement stores at St Sampson.[7]:26. 1. The German designs incorporated certain standard features such as entrance door at right angles, armoured air intake, 30mm steel doors, ventilation, telephones,[4]:7 internal walls lined with wood, and an emergency exit. Dugout with camouflage wire net; 13). Others may be looked at, clambered over, and a few can be entered with care. The German garrison in the Channel Islands surrendered without a fight on 9 May 1945. 4 is now an occupation museum. See more ideas about fortification, wwii, siegfried line. [7]:19 OT would carry out the majority of the work. Jump to navigation Jump to search. 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