Visit A Bunker

Jersey's German Tunnels

View Our Archives

Island War Memorial and PT 509 Memorial Services

Bailiff William Bailhache and CIOS Jersey President Paul Burnal
Bailiff William Bailhache and CIOS Jersey President Paul Burnal | Photo: Tony Pike

A ceremony took place at Jersey's War Memorial at Noirmont Point headland yesterday, which was attended by Chief Minister Ian Gorst, Bailiff William Bailhache, St Brelade Constable Steve Pallett, and Deputies Murray Norton and Graham Truscott.

Also a superb PT 509 memorial service organised by Alex Fearn took place, which was attended by Task Force 135 reenactors lead by Ricky Le Quesne and Simon Dodkins. Special thanks go to the Jersey Museum for the loan of the PT 509 artifacts, and to John Ovenden, who has written an authoritative book on the action which took place less than a mile off Noirmont Point on the 9th August 1944.

German Journalists Visit CIOS Bunker Sites

A group of German journalists visiting WW2 bunkers at Les Landes, Jersey

German journalists from newspapers Münstersche Zeitung, RND Redaktionsnetzwerk, Der Tagesspiegel, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Frankfurter Nue Press, and Nordwestzeitung were given a guided tour around CIOS Jersey sites MP-3, Fl 242, and Batteries Moltke and Lothringen over the past few days.

They also visited Jersey War Tunnels, Faulkner Fisheries, The Wetlands Centre with Jon Parkes and had lunch at El Tico with John Nettles. The visit was organised by Visit Jersey and Simon Watkins.

Thanks to CIOS members Tony Pike, Shane Boschat, and Gerry Knight for opening the bunkers for our VIP guests.

Concrete In The Frame Student Art Contest Winners

Four brightly coloured bunker images
Melanie Dixon, Art age 8-12 winner

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural "Concrete In The Frame" student art competition for 2016. We received nearly a hundred entries from Jersey students and saw many fantastic new pieces of art. Winners and runners-up in each category have won cash prizes and one year memberships in the Society. Entries were judged by artist Ian Rolls and photographer Tony Pike.

All images are now on display at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin.

Below are the rest of the winning images along with comments from the judges.

From Tony Pike: "The standard of the photography has been very high, with close attention given to shape and detail, with some equally  imaginative impressions giving a new look to our Fortifications. Melanie Dixon’s series of pictures has given us an impressive technicolour sandwich of some of our most unique fortifications, and deservedly receives an Applied Art prize."

From Ian Rolls: "Melanie’s four striking images are quite remarkable bearing in mind she is only 10 years old! The use of complimentary colours both within each view and the colour and form relationships of the composition of all four views together is worthy of an experienced artist. A very modern interpretation of a historical subject."

Photo by Moses Pike, Photographic age 8-12 winner
Moses Pike, Photographic age 8-12 winner

From Tony Pike: "Moses has really made a striking image here by darkening down the sky, and using the form of the fortification to create a ‘picture frame’ looking towards Sark in the background. On close study, one can even see a lounge chair and a lamp-stand, that has been taken to the fortification specially for the photograph! This is even more commendable, as there is no vehicle access onto the common, and must have been carried there almost half a mile. Other pictures that have been provided in his Album, show a very high competence of photography for his age, so extremely well done Moses!"

Photo by Cameron Edge, Photographic age 8-12 runner-up
Cameron Edge, Photographic age 8-12 runner-up

From Tony Pike: "Unusual but effective picture of the K2 Jäger entrance defence position, at Strongpoint Corbiere. Skewing the camera diagonally, he has created a striking image that really catches the eye. Good imagination displayed here. Very well done Cameron."

Photo by Oliver Mallett, Photographic age 8-12 runner-up
Oliver Mallett, Photographic age 8-12 runner-up

From Tony Pike: "There can be nothing that really sums up the competition than some truly original artwork from the Germans themselves! Oliver is also very keen and information hungry for our unique history which is an example to us all. Well done Oliver."

Artwork by Ruben Le Sueur, Art age 13-18 winner
Ruben Le Sueur, Art age 13-18 winner

From Ian Rolls: "Ruben’s first prize winning entry is a powerful evocation of the massive form and weathered surface texture that characterize German Fortifications. I particularly like the use of directional line that describes the various surfaces and the accentuation of the abstract elements of the structure, by the up-close perspective, the limited use of colour and free brushwork in the sky."

Artwork by Claudia Dixon, Art age 13-18 runner-up
Claudia Dixon, Art age 13-18 runner-up

From Ian Rolls: "Claudia’s picture is a delightfully upbeat and original interpretation of the undeniably oppressive form of a bunker. She brings her femininity, sensitivity and a sense of joyful colour to the subject, even making the barbed wire in the corner look like fairy lights! I particularly like the blue bubbles coming out of the vents, giving an underwater feel to the subject."

Photo by Benjamin Fry, Photographic age 13-18 winner
Benjamin Fry, Photographic age 13-18 winner

From Tony Pike: "A stunning impression of the Kriegsmarine MP3 Observation & Radar Tower at Strongpoint Butts, Les Landes St Ouen. Taken at sunset, with those menacing cloudy skies but with a glimmer of light and hope on the horizon, this picture conjures up many thoughts. One wonders if the Germans themselves looked from the same place on a similar evening seventy plus years ago with thoughts of home that was being bombed around the clock. Yes, a thought provoking image that has been well composed and exposed! A deserving senior category winner, so extremely well done Benjamin."

Photos by Emily Last, Photographic age 13-18 runner-up
Emily Last, Photographic age 13-18 runner-up

From Tony Pike: "Emily has shown her ability of working around the subject, using light and shape capturing some really interesting shadows and form. Detail of reinforcing bars and the broken concrete also makes an impression. Printed in black & white, these pictures caught my eye for the attention to detail. Well done Emily!"

2016 Events Calendar

January
CIOS Archives Evening
Wednesday 13th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
February
The Soldatenheims (Part 1) with Colin Isherwood
Wednesday 10th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
March
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 9th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
April
Heritage Festival
Guided walks 3rd, 23rd, and 24th
Various locations, see here for details
Repeat Visit to St. Malo Citadel
Saturday 16th
Led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
May
Concrete in the Frame Winners Announced
Monday 2nd
6.00pm, Harbour Gallery St Aubin
Islands War Memorial Service
Sunday 8th
12:30pm, Noirmont Point
Liberation Day
Slave Workers Memorial Service
Monday 9th
Various locations, see press/flyer for details
Day Trip To Guernsey
Monday 9th
Led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
July
Day Trip to Normandy
Led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., details TBC
August
Visit to Samares Manor
Saturday 13th
Led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., details TBC
September
Jersey International Air Display
Thursday 8th
Batterie Machensen Guided Walk
Led by Martin Walton, details TBC
October
"Coastal Defences of Jersey Pre-WW2" with Ian Ronayne
Wednesday 5th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
November
Trinity Commando Raid Memorial Service
Friday 4th
Petit Port, near Egypt
"Norway, An Update" with Neil Walker
Wednesday 9th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
December
No meetings

Bunker Leaflets

Bunker leaflets photo

Download a free copy of our 2016 season bunker leaflets, which have visitor info and opening times for all the bunkers we open to the public.

Free Bunker Leaflets

Join The CIOS

Please download a membership application and return it to the address provided. Members joining after 1st November automatically qualify for the next year.

Membership Application

Trespass Warning

A word of warning to those who may wish to visit the Channel Islands’ Occupation sites. Most of the bunkers, gun pits and defences are on private property, and if you want to have a look, first obtain permission from the owner. Do not enter without a strong torch or lamp. There are different designs of defences that, from the outside look the same, but once inside, passages may descend without warning. Also wellington boots may be needed as over fifty years of dirt and dust will have blocked up the drains. We would warn you that bunkers on the coast will have been used as unofficial toilets - so beware! Young persons should not enter without an adult, as many bunkers have awkward steps and hidden ducts that can trip the unwary. Bunkers and tunnels that are sealed have been blocked up for this reason and for no other - those of you who hope to find an “Aladdin’s Cave” of war relics are too late, having been beaten to it by the scrap metal drive of the early 1950s.

Facebook icon Twitter logo Google Plus icon

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. YouTube icon RSS icon