Day 2 of our trip and we hired a Smart car (never again) to see the West coast of Jersey. The road that runs alongside the sea is called Five Mile Road. The coastal beach is very open and the Germans decided this would be the main point of landing for an Allied invasion force, so they built a lot of defences and strongpoints here.
We started the day at Corbiere, in the South West. At the top of the cliff, the Germans built one of their observation towers. Full title - Marinepeilstanden und Messtellungen (naval direction finding and signalling positions). This one is MP2 Corbiere. Inside, they were built in the form of a spiral.
|MP2 is now used to house high frequency radio equipment.|
|Looking from MP2 along the headland to the strongpoint|
|Works are numbered 1 to 14 on this guide|
|Point 1, a searchlight bunker|
|The side of 1, the Germans have used the rocks to protect the rear of the bunker|
|Point 3, an automatic fortress mortar bunker (artist unknown)|
|From Point 3, in the centre is Point 5, a 105mm cannon bunker|
|Point 4, a heavy maching gun bunker with a Tobruk stand|
|From Point 4, looking down at Points 1 and 3|
|Looking across the inlet to the next headland with another German bunker|
|From Point 4, looking back towards the observation tower, MP2|
Whilst I was walking around looking at the works and taking photographs, B sat in the car, patiently waiting...