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Nicolle Tower was built in 1821 for Philippe Nicolle as a folly house on the site of an earlier navigation tower on Mont Ubé. It is adjacent to the Mont Ubé dolmen. During the occupation of the Channel Islands the German forces made some modifications to this tower, extending its height with a new top floor, including narrow windows, so that they could use the tower as an observation post. There are other structures near-by, including gun emplacements, and bunkers which were constructed during the occupation.

WWII documented info:

Location: The Resistance Nest Nicolle Tower is a Second Line Resistance Nest
Complement: Two NCOs and sixteen Other Ranks. Reserve: two officers, six NCOs and four Artillery Other Ranks
Unit’s Weapons: Three light Machine Gun 34’s (also with heavy machine gun mounts)
Static Weapons: One 4.7cm Czechoslovakian Anti-Tank gun mounted with a Machine Gun and one bazooka
Battle Orders: The Resistance Nest Nicolle Tower with Strongpoint La Motte has battle orders to defend against attack from the sea, land and air. Penetration in the intervening areas, the area of the brook, Golf Course or the grounds of Samarés [Samarés Manor] enemy air landings are to be destroyed by gun-fire. Enemy approaching the Resistance Nest are to be subdued by counter-attack. Further defence of the Resistance Nest is the responsibility of Artillery Observation Post Nicolle Tower
Battle Command: By attempts at landing from the sea work in co-operation with the Strongpoint La Motte. By air landings work in co-operation with the inland advancing fighting groups

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

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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