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In July 2016 Jersey War Tours (JWT) asked Jersey Heritage (JH) if they could do a full WWII survey of Elizabeth Castle. JH have kindly agreed and offered support with our work. This survey only looks at the period between 1940 to 1945, which is a tiny space of time in the grand history of the castle. It must be remembered that although this period is our main area interest, JH also have to maintain the castles other 300+ years of history. Our hope is that in the next few years our ideas and advice may help preserve these important sites and improve the castle for visitors interested in the Second World War.

Our survey aims are as follows:

  • Digitally document all of the remaining the WWII sites and their current state
  • Provide research and document what they were used for
  • Make a recommendation for preservation and maintenance
  • Offer ideas for interpretation

This is a live survey and this page and will be updated regularly with our progress.

The Survey team are as follows:

Kimberley Farley (JWT Research Team)
Phil Marett (JWT Research Team)
Jonathan Bull (Local historian and researcher)
Steve Brée (Local historian and researcher)

We will be splitting the survey in to small areas indicated on the map below.

The survey so far, we still have some sites to document.

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Exploring bunkers:

  • Always get permission from the owner
  • Take a torch, a spare and one more for luck
  • Don't go alone & tell someone where you will be and for how long
  • You will get dirty as most are often full of rubbish and may have been used as a public toilet
  • Anything you find still belongs to the person that owns the property
  • Unexploded ordnance is still found in Jersey if you see or find anything that looks like ordnance please call the bomb disposal officer on 01534 612 612.

Jargon Help

Widerstandsnest (WN) = Resistance Nest (RN)
Small pocket of resistance, these would be made up of small groups of up to 10 men with light weapons. They would man Anti-tank weapons, an observation post or a field gun.

Stützpunkt St.P = Strongpoint (STP)
Next level up from an RN and consisted of several RN's. STP areas would have a combination of weapons and different branches of the military used. Examples of this can be found with Strongpoint Greve de Lecq and Strongpoint Corbiere

Jäger Casemate was a special design and name for bunkers designed to hold a 10.5cm field gun

Sources of Information

German Documents are housed at The National Archived in Washington or Archive in Kew UK
T-78 Roll 318
T-78 Roll 317
T-315 Roll 1639
T-315 Roll 1643
T-311 Roll 27
T-312 Roll 1545

Operation Green Arrows - Occupation of the Channel Islands MOD 584
Allied Technical Intelligence Reports 1944-45
German Preparations for Invasion of the United Kingdom 1941-42
B-833, 319th Infantry Division (1941-45)
German Seacoast Defenses, European Theatre - prepared by the Seacoast Artillery Evaluation Board
Jersey Occupied by Michael Ginns - ISBN 978-1-905095-29-2
Operation Nestegg Plans
Operation Hartack Plans
Operation Basalt Plans
RAF Photos care of The National Collection of Aerial Photography
Bundesarchiv - Multiple Photos - and Files
Map of slave labour camps. Kindly Provided by Emilio Pérez
Photo's and information provided by JWT members or fans
JWT onsite visits & internet research

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