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STP Elizabeth Castle

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During the Occupation Elizabeth Castle was set up as two Widerstandsnest (pockets of resistance) working together to create a Stützpunkt (strongpoint). Though it appears that the castle had German defence activity in mid-1941. The fortress strength bunker construction works started around April 1943.


Widerstandsnest North
1 x NCOs & 13 Other Ranks 6th Infantry Regiment 582 Widerstandsnest South
2 x NCOs & 14 Other Ranks 6th Infantry Regiment 582 Anti-Aircraft
5x NCOs & 16 other Ranks IV./7.Gemflakabt

German Record Details

2 x 10.5cm K 331 (f)
4.7cm Pak K36 (t) with MG 37(t)
3.7cm KwK. 144 (f) with MG311 (f) Panzerabwehrkanone 36 (Pak 36 3.7cm) 3 x 60cm Searchlight
90cm Searchlight named “Anton”
3 x 2cm Flak 38
2 x sMG34
5 x leMG34

Weapons and Equipment

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.

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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)