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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.
  • 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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