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Resistance Nest Sorel A

Location: The Resistance Nest Sorel A forms together with the Resistance Nest Sorel B the Strongpoint Sorel. It lies on the north coast between St John’s Bay and the Bay of Grève de Lecq

Complement: Four NCOs and sixteen Other Ranks.

Unit’s Weapons: Three light Machine Gun 34’s, one heavy Machine Gun 34, two 8cm mortars and one binocular periscope

Static Weapons: One light Machine Gun 34, one heavy Machine Gun 34, two 5cm French mortars, six defence flamethrowers, six alarm flare apparatus and one 60cm searchlight

Battle Orders: The Resistance Nest Sorel A has orders to prevent enemy landings using all weapons. Enemy air landings in the Platoon Sector Sorel are to be destroyed by counter attack

Battle Command: By enemy attack in Bonne Nuit Bay work in co-operation with Resistance Nests Bonne Nuit and Jasmin. By land attack work together with Sorel B

German Map from 1944 showing the ranges from the resistance nest.

German Map from 1943 showing the railway inbetween the two nests

SHAEF map from 44 showing the positions

Mortar & Shellter Position

Searchlight Position

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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