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The Road to Liberation - 2nd January 1941


Good morning everyone


I plan to get out and do some exploring today and burn off some of the festive and covid calories. Think I am going to try and visit a site I have not been to before and just waiting for permission to come back from the farmer who owns the land. It may cost me some cider but seems worth it. If it pays off I will post up the photos tomorrow.


Have a fantastic Day!

thanks

Phil


Resistance Nest La Perelle I is in the North East of the Island and overlooks St Catherines Bay.


Weapons and Equipment

  • Two light Machine Gun 34’s

  • One 20cm spigot mortar

Objective and Function (translated)

The Resistance Nest La Perelle I has orders to defend St Catherine’s Bay against enemy landings in the bay. Work in co-operation with Resistance Archirondel Tower and Resistance Mole Verclut and defend against attack from sea and air. Air landings against the proximity are to be engaged in fighting through immediate counter attack


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 2nd January 1941

Today would be the 186th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,588 days remaining.

The registration of all islanders continues with the absence of the photos due to a lack of photography development chemicals and paper. The photos will be used on both the ID card issued as well as the retained registration card with the German authorities.


Below is a copy of the registration form of my Great Grandfather (Courtesy of Jersey Heritage). You can see it included occupation, military service as well as physical peculiarities.




Further afield

2nd January 1941

80 years ago The German Luftwaffe dropped around 100 bombs on the city of Cardiff, Wales. The raid killed 153 people. A rescue party digging for six hours, guided by a young voice singing "God Save The King" uncovered a six-year-old boy under wrecked stairs. Why God Save The King? asked a rescuer, his father, a coal miner, had told him that when men were buried underground they kept singing to guide the rescuers, “It was the only song I know,” he replied.


The January book recommendation is "A Hero Among Millions."

A touching story by a son of a quiet hero/ survivor of World War II who happened to be the commander of Squadron 34 who operated in the Channel Island Waters.


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 61


Sources of Information German Documents are housed at The National Archived in Washington or Archive in Kew UK T-78 Roll 317: OKH Coastal and Channel Defenses Files 1940-44 -

T-78 Roll 318: OKH Coastal and Channel Defenses Files 1941-43

T-315 Roll 1639: 216th Security Division War Diary

(Kriegstagebuch), Belgium, France & Russia 1939-42 

T-1022 Roll 2423: Various War Diaries (Kriegstagebucher), Channel Islands 1941-44

Atlantic Wall Coastal Battery Lists: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, & France 1944-45 

T-312 Roll 1559: 7th Army War Diary (Kriegstagebuch), France 1941-43 & T-312 Roll 1558

T-315 Roll 1643: 216th Security Division War Diary

(Kriegstagebuch), Belgium, France & Russia 1939-41 

T-311 Roll 16: Army Group D War Diary (Kriegstagebuch), Western Front Aug-Nov 1944  Operation Green Arrow - Occupation of the Channel Islands MOD 584 Allied Technical Intelligence Reports 1942-45 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 Artillery Evaluation Board

BBC News & Archives

The Britannica 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

The National Archive of Newspapers 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 Jersey Heritage Archive

CIOS Archive & Publications (become a member here)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

American Battle Monuments Commission

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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 Early resistance nest

Jägerstand

Jäger Casemate was a special design and name for bunkers designed to hold a 10.5cm field gun

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