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Posted 2 years ago

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Hems303
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This post follows on from my first Collectors Weekly post that showed some German guns on Jersey before they were recovered and renovated to be put on display. These artifacts from the WW2 German Occupation of the Island of Jersey, now provide a boost to the islands tourist industry, attracting people interested in historical knowledge and research.

Several years ago; my brother, brother-in-law and myself (all members of the UK Military Vehicle Trust) took a flight to the Island of Jesey to tour the WW2 German fortifications they constructed during their occupation of the island. We have all been involved in Military Historical Research. My brother also in WW2 Aircraft recovery, and I have had some Cave Diving, recovery and conservation experience.

Photo .1: Shows one of the German guns as renovated for static display in the original fortification/gun position made for it. When we say "German" guns, the guns found on Jersey are of many countries of origin. The Nazi's were efficient "re-users" of other's equipment. They gathered guns from all over the extending "Third Reich", with examples from as far afield as the Balkans, Russia, Britain (collected at Dunkirk and North Africa), French etc. The only problem with this approach was the vast and complex difference in calibres. They had in some cases, only a few available rounds for each gun and obviously they were not interchangeable between the different artillery pieces up and down the coastal batteries.

Photo .2: Some of the recovered gun "tubes" shown in Photo .4: of my previous CW Post: Now stabilised, renovated and on public display as a "tourist" attraction..

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/71714-the-lost-guns-of-jersey

Photo .3: Top: Shows a remarkably well preserved German Coastal Artillery Range Finder. Bottom: Shows an artillery piece (Balkan) and in the forground is the concrete ammunition "locker" for the gun.

Photo.4: Top: One of the multi-storey German artillery towers (Range Finding). Bottom: Looking out to sea as the Germans must have done during the war...waiting for the English to return and claim the Island back)

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  1. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Here's an active link to my First CW post on The Lost Guns Of Jersey:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/71714-the-lost-guns-of-jersey
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Very interesting post, thanks for sharing.

    David
  3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Steve,Thanks for the adding the next in the series of the earlier posting. I enjoyed reading both.
    Kerry
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I just got a catalog in the mail today, a big auction with all sorts of military vehicles and major guns and tanks for sale. Gave to the neighbour, hope you got the same catalog !~Phil.
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Think I may have the weekend free & trying to organize a snorkeling expedition of tourist to tag the bronze cannon if it hasn't been stolen. The tourists will love it & I could probably sell tickets.
  6. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    To: mrmajestic1, miKKoChristmas11, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, BELLIN68, ks85, petey, Manikin, pw-collector, ttomtucker, blunderbuss2, mustangtony, kerry10456, rniederman, AR8Jason, walksoftly; thanks for all the support guys'n'gals! It is much appreciated!

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