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Batterie Moltke

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5./HKAR 1265
4 x K 418(f) 155 mm Canon de 155 GPF
12.5-mile range

Located at the south of Les Landes. Originally planned to be 'Marinebatterie 1' armed with four 15cm SK c/28 guns in revolving turrets. Four fortress type gun emplacements were built to house these, but the guns never made it to Jersey. Older 15.5cm French GPF field guns were used instead.

Batterie Moltke was designed for 4 15cm Naval Artillery Guns that never arrive. The Germans instead use four 155mm Captured French Artillery guns “Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux” (GPF) designated by the Germans as the “K 418(f)”. These four guns arrived on the Island in early 1941 and two were placed Near Corbiere and two at Batterie Moltke. In 1943 all four are reunited at Moltke to complete the four gun Batterie.

Gun Specification

Weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lbs)
Barrel length: 5.915 m (20 ft) L/38.2
Shell: separate-loading, cased charge. 43 kg (95 lb)
Caliber: 155 mm (6.10 in)
Recoil: 1.8m 10° to 1.1 28°
Carriage: split trail
Elevation: 0° to +35°
Traverse: 60°
Rate of fire: 2 rpm
Velocity: 735 m/s (2,411 ft/s)
Range: 12.5 Miles


Planned 106 Personnel (Actual 100)

German Record Details

4x 15,5 cm Kan. 418 (f)
2x s.M.G
3x l..M.G
1x 150 Scheinwerfer
3x Pz. Drehturmem M.G.
14x Flammenwerfer

Weapons and Equipment

Four 15.5cm K418(f) Field guns in open positions.
Three 3.7cm Flak emplacements
150cm Searchlight named 'Artur'.
Three MG311(f) in Renault FT17 tank Turrets.
One 3.7cm Pak 36 Anti-tank gun
Four fortress standard gun emplacements
Four reinforced open emplacements
Four type M151 personnel shelters
Five type 512 ammunition bunkers

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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