Battery Moltke

Jersey, United Kingdom

Battery Moltke was an uncompleted World War II coastal artillery battery. It was constructed by Organisation Todt for the Wehrmacht during the Occupation of the Channel Islands. The battery structures include bunkers, gun emplacements and the Marine Peilstand 3 tower, which are located on Les Landes, a coastal heathland area at the north end of St Ouen's Bay. The bunker was left unfinished at the end of the war, when completed there would have been an M132 Command Bunker like at Battery Lothringen and the main armament would have consisted of 4x15 cm SK C/28.The primary purpose of this battery would have been the defence of St Ouen's Bay in the event of an amphibious assault by the Allies, although Jersey's entire coastline would have been within range of the guns, as would the stretch of water between Jersey and Sark.

Four captured French 155mm cannons were located at Moltke. One of the original guns can be seen there today. The exterior areas of the site are accessible around the year. The Channel Islands Occupation Society operates some of the bunkers as a museum. One may visit the gun emplacements at any time. Two cannon barrels recovered from the foot of the near-by cliffs are on display in one of the emplacements. These two salvaged barrels were not originally located at Moltke.

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Founded: 1941
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Nick Jarvis (2 years ago)
You MUST visit this if on holiday. The bunker is open on selected Sundays during the year. It's very well worth the visit. With walls made of reinforced concrete (2m thick, with a roof 3m thick), it really would of sustained heavy bombings. The bunker is full of history. You take in more when lively children aren't with you! The bunker is wheelchair accessible (the Germans even thought of this!!) via a very steep ramp, but the volunteers are super helpful and will do everything they can to make it easier.
Kieran Arnold (2 years ago)
Very interesting ww2 remains
aleksander linkowski (2 years ago)
We have done a tour around island visiting all fortifications, great experience with lots of historic meaning
ste Wars (3 years ago)
Great wall along the cliffs WWII HISTORY
Nicola Hilton (3 years ago)
Great walk along the cliffs 5 miles
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