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Archirondel Tower is one of Twenty-three Conway towers built between 1778 and 1801. The tower was completed in 1794. Only Archirondel, Seymour and La Rocco Towers are built like this containing a gun battery at the foot of the tower. For more info on its history please see the Archirondel Tower Conservation Statement. The Tower can be hired please see the Jersey Heritage Website for more info

It was modified by the Germans during the occupation and the below info comes from the "Green Books"

Location: The Resistance Nest Archirondel Tower between Strongpoint Victoria Tower and Resistance Nest La Perelle II lies in the south section of St Catherine’s Bay

One Officer, two NCOs and fifteen Other Ranks

Unit’s Weapons: One light Machine Gun 34 and one 5.2cm Russian Mortar

Static Weapons:
Two light Machine Gun 34’s, one twin mount [for Machine Guns], one 3.7cm French Puteaux gun mounted in a Renault FT 17 tank turret, one 7.5cm Anti-Tank gun [casemated], four defence flamethrowers and one 30cm Infantry searchlight

Battle Orders:
The Resistance Nest Archirondel has orders to prevent enemy landings in St Catherine’s Bay. Air landings in the proximity are to be engaged in fighting by counter attack

Battle Command:
The Resistance Nest Archirondel engaged in fighting from the sea in St Catherine’s Bay against first and proximity middle removal. Work closely together with Strongpoint Victoria Tower and Resistance Nest Mole Verclut

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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.
  • CIOS sites are the safest and run by experts, this is where we recommend you explore

Jargon Help

Resistance Nest (RN) = Widerstandsnest (WN)
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.

Strongpoint (STP) = Stützpunkt St.P
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

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