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Strongpoint Plemont

In 2014 we were asked by The National Trust For Jersey (NT) if we could help them with documenting their work in returning the Plemont site back to nature. Plemont was a large Strongpoint during The Occupation and later became the site of an abandoned and derelict Pontins Holiday Camp. The land was purchased by the trust with the aim to return it back to nature as well as protecting the WWII fortifications that remained. We quickly agreed to help and were given unrestricted access to the site for this purpose as well as the NT allowing us to produce a full research page of the site. We worked closely with the developers, through the trust, as well as others providing details of where we believed some of the lost bunkers to be. It was important to us that we found all of the remaining bunkers to make sure the demolition of the holiday camp did not also take out a bunker. Our work below shows what a great job the National Trust have done and we are also glad to report that from our work we were able to save one of the bunkers from being lost for ever.

WWII History of the site.

After the Germans arrived in July 1940 they quickly set up defensive positions across the Channel Islands. The troopsof the 216th Infantry Division who would have setup field emplacements at Plemont. The area was an important site as the communications cable to Guernsey left Jersey from there. It also was a holiday camp which would have been useful for billeting the soldiers. 319th IR arrive and reinforced field positions are put in place in different levels becoming a Strongpoint.

Complement: Four NCO twenty-eight other ranks

Three light Machine Gun 34’s
Two LeMG34
Two SMG34 on a Anti-Aircraft mount
Two 5cm mortar
One 20cm Spigot mortar
One MG311(f) in a APX-R turret
One FT17 Turret
40 & 60cm searchlight.
Five Abwehrflammenwerfer 42

Below is a small history of the various maps of the site we have found.

German Map from 1940 showing the cable link to Guernsey from Plemont

German Map from Sep 1940 and you can see they have a small fighting force there.

October 1941 and the German map shows a lot more activity, including 72 mines.

Map of Strongpoint Plemont showing Reinforced Positions

1943 Map shows the strongpoint with two minefields, the M3 Army observation Bunker and the planed site of a third minefield as well as the MP-4 Naval fortress strength Observation Tower. Also on this map you can see the markings for the two turreted ring stands with directional arrows.

1943 April RAF Aerial

1944 RAF Aerial Photo

Below are photos & video from our first site visit and flight.

Our first step was to use our aerial photos against the RAF photos, to see if we could locate traces of the bunkers that remained. Here is the first stab we had at it, hover on the spots to see what we think was there.

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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