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Batterie Moltke 5./HKAR 1265

Located at the south of Les Landes. Originally planned to be 'Marinebatterie 1' armed with four 15cm SK c/28 guns in revolving turrets. Four fortress type gun emplacements were built to house these, but the guns never made it to Jersey. Older 15.5cm French GPF field guns were used instead.

Main equipment used at Batterie Moltke

  • Four 15.5cm K418(f) Field guns in open positions.
  • Three 3.7cm Flak emplacements
  • 150cm Searchlight named 'Artur'.
  • Three MG311(f) in Renault FT17 tank Turrets.
  • One 3.7cm Pak 36 Anti-tank gun
  • Four fortress standard gun emplacements
  • Four reinforced open emplacements
  • Four type M151 personnel shelters
  • Five type 512 ammunition bunkers

All of the fortress emplacements have connecting underground tunnels and No.4 gun has been restored and is opened by the crew at Batterie Moltke. Check their website out for opening times.

Building of the Moltke was done by slave and forced labours under the Organisation Todt. The below photos are from Batterie Moltke taken by the Germans in 1942. There are also RAF aerial photos of the batterie under construction as well as the slave camp “Lager Mölders” used to house the workers. St George Estate stands where Lager Mölders was built.

The Guns

Batterie Moltke was designed for 4 15cm Naval Artillery Guns that never arrive. The Germans instead use 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 Corbiere and two at Batterie Moltke. In 1943 all four are reunited at Moltke to complete the four gun Batterie. Where are they 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 and we have included photos of them below.

Gun Specification

Weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lbs)
Barrel length: 5.915 m (20 ft) L/38.2
Shell: separate-loading, cased charge. 43 kg (95 lb)
Caliber 155 mm (6.10 in)
Recoil 1.8m 10° to 1.1 28°
Carriage split trail
Elevation 0° to +35°
Traverse 60°
Rate of fire 2 rpm
Muzzle velocity 735 m/s (2,411 ft/s)
Range 12.5 Miles

Gun Number 1

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Gun Number 2

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Gun Number 3

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Gun Number 4

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Ringstands / Tobruks

I./9.GemFlakAbt 364 (Moltkes Anti-Aircraft Defence)

  • 3 x 3.7 Flak 36/37 Guns
  • 1 x 60cm Searchlight

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Wartime maps made by the Germans and RAF Photographs from 43 & 45

How to find the site

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 Hardtack 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
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