STP Plemont

Details

After the Germans arrived in July 1940 they quickly set up defensive positions across the Channel Islands. The troops of the 216th Infantry Division who would have set up field emplacements at Plemont. The area was an important site as the communication cable to Guernsey was there. It also was a holiday camp which would have been useful for billeting the soldiers.

In 2014 we were asked by The National Trust For Jersey (NT) if we could help them with documenting their work in returning the Plemont site back to nature. Plemont was a large Strongpoint during the Occupation and later became the site of an abandoned and derelict Pontins Holiday Camp. The land was purchased by the trust with the aim to return it back to nature as well as protecting the WWII fortifications that remained. We quickly agreed to help and were given unrestricted access to the site for this purpose as well as the NT allowing us to produce a full research page of the site. We worked closely with the developers, through the trust, as well as others providing details of where we believed some of the lost bunkers to be. It was important to us that we found all of the remaining bunkers to make sure the demolition of the holiday camp did not also take out a bunker. Our work below shows what a great job the National Trust have done and we are also glad to report that from our work we were able to save one of the bunkers from being lost forever.

Numbers 

Four Officers and 28 personnel

 
German Record Details

4x le.MG 34
1x s.MG 34
2x 5cm Gr.W.(f)
1x 20 Cm Ladungswerfer
1x Kw.K 3.7cm mit MG.311(f)
5x Abwehrflammenwerfer 42
1x MG.311 (f) i.Pz.Fr.T
1x Zwillingsockel
1x 60 cm Scheinwerfer
1x 40 cm Scheinwerfer

 
Weapons and Equipment

Four light Machine Guns
One Heavy Machine Gun
Two 5cm mortar
One 20cm Spigot mortar
One FT17 Tank Turret with 3.7cm & Machine Gun
Five Defence flamethrowers
One APX Tank Turret with Machine Gun
One Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Mount
40cm searchlight
60cm searchlight

 
Objective and Function (translated)

WW2 Maps & Documents
WW2 Aerial Photos
WW2 Photos
Recent Photos

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

Einsatzstellung = Operational Position or Action Post 
Smaller MG type position generally it was only maned during an alert 

Feldwache = Field Watch

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

AOK 7 War Diary

OKW War Diary

Operation Green Arrow - 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 
A Map of slave labour camps. Kindly Provided by Emilio Pérez 
Photo's and information provided by fans 
Onsite visits & internet research 
After the Battle Multiple Magazines 

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