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Resistance Nest La Motte B

Location: The Resistance Nest La Motte B together with Resistance Nest La Motte A forms “Strongpoint La Motte”. It lies between the Resistance Nest La Motte B and the Operational Position Le Hocq

Complement: One officer, three NCOs and twenty-one Other Ranks

Unit’s Weapons: One light Machine Gun 34

Static Weapons: One heavy Machine Gun 34, one French 311 Machine Gun mounted in a Renault FT 17 tank turret, two 10.5cm French guns mounted in open positions on pivots, one 40cm searchlight and one 60cm searchlight

Battle Orders: The Resistance Nest La Motte A has orders to defend St Clement’s Bay with the west section main-base from enemy attack from the sea, land and air. The enemy is to be destroyed in the main fighting zone

Battle Command: By attack against St Clement’s Bay work in co-operation with Resistance Nest La Motte A on the right, with Operational Position Le Hocq on the left (when occupied) and Resistance Nest La Rocque A

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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