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Resistance Nest Le Rocque A

Location: The Resistance Nest La Rocque A together with the Resistance Nest La Rocque B, forms the “Strong Point La Rocque”. It lies between the Operational Position Le Hocq and the Resistance Nest La Rocque B

Complement: Four NCOs and nineteen Other Ranks

Unit’s Weapons: Three light Machine Gun 34’s

Static Weapons: One French 311 Machine Gun mounted in a Renault FT 17 tank turret, one 3.7cm French Puteaux gun mounted in a APX-R tank turret with a co-axial Machine Gun, one 5cm Anti-Tank gun, one medium flame thrower, one 40cm searchlight and one 60cm searchlight

Battle Orders: The Resistance Nest La Rocque A has orders to defend the position against enemy attacks by land, sea and air on the South East point of the island in particular the Jetty. Enemy insurgents are to be destroyed

Battle Command: In the event of attacks on the South East point, work in co-operation with La Rocque B; by attacks in St Clement’s Bay work with La Motte B and the Operational Post Le Hocq

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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