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Resistance Nest Hafen Gorey

Next time your at Gorey Harbour take a walk down and see if you can spot all the traces of WWII that remain. The type 626 pictured above was unique to Jersey and was demolished in the 70’s.

Information below from the German records of the area:

Location: The Resistance Nest Gorey Harbour lies between the Operational Position Fort William and the Resistance Nest Mont Orgueil Castle and Strongpoint Victoria Tower

Complement: One NCO and seventeen Other Ranks. Reserve for Alarm Level 2: Four VGAD men [VGAD = Verstärktergrenzeaufsichdienst = Reinforced Frontier Control Service or Customs Service]

Unit’s Weapons: One light Machine Gun 34

Static Weapons: Two light Machine Gun 34’s, one 3.7cm French Puteaux gun mounted in a APX-R tank turret with a co-axial Machine Gun, one 3.7cm Anti-Tank gun, one 7.5cm Anti-Tank gun, five defence flamethrowers and two 40cm searchlights

Battle Orders: The Resistance Nest Gorey Harbour has orders to defend the position against enemy attack from the sea, land and air and in particular the Harbour. Enemy approaching the resistance Nest are to be destroyed

Battle Command: By attack against Gorey Harbour work in co-operation with Strongpoint Victoria Tower, by attempts at landing in Grouville Bay with Resistance Nest Fort Henry and by attack from the land with Resistance nest Mont Orgueil Castle

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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