Posted 4 years ago
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..
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)