Channel Island History Sites

Guernsey CIOS was formed in 1961 to study all aspects of the German military occupation of the British Channel Islands during the Second World War. The society organises guided tours, excursions and talks throughout the Islands and France. It also continues to build up an extensive sound, documentary and photographic archive. Practical projects include the restoration of the Naval Signals H.Q. bunker at St. Jacques on the outskirts of St. Peter Port.

Festung Guernsey was formed in Guernsey in October 2005 by a number of enthusiasts wishing to actively restore or conserve important WWII fortifications.

Guernsey Armouries A 22cm Gun Emplacement (no.3 Batterie Generaloberst Dollmann) at Pleinmont, Guernsey

Jersey Heritage was founded in 1981. The Trust is an independent organisation that receives an annual grant from the States of Jersey to support its running costs. Admission income from visitors and support from sponsors are also vital to keep it operating. Here in Jersey, the Trust is responsible for the Island's major historic sites, award-winning museums and public archives and hold collections of artefacts, works of art, documents, specimens and information relating to Jersey's history, culture and environment.

La Société Jersiaise was founded in 1873. It promotes and encourages:

  • The study of the history, the archaeology, the natural history, the language and many other subjects of interest in the Island of Jersey
  • The works of the Jersey Heritage Trust and the Jersey Museums Service, and the provision of information and voluntary helpers
  • The conservation of the Island's natural environment
  • The preservation of Jersey's historical buildings and monuments
  • The publication of books and articles on topics of local interest
  • Exhibitions and displays of work
  • The collection of artefacts, books, paintings, photographs and maps of the Island
  • Through the Barreau Art Scholarship the encouragement of contemporary art by young Islanders

Jersey War Tunnels tells the true story of the Occupation of Jersey during World War Two. It is one of the Island 's most popular tourist attractions as well as an important site of heritage conservation and interpretation.

The Channel Islands Military Museum have a unique collection of German Militaria on display, from uniforms and equipment to paperwork. All from the occupation era, displayed in an original and restored German Bunker

A Selection of Fortification Sites

Fortress Study Group is the only international society concerned with the study of all aspects of military architecture and fortifications and their armaments, especially works constructed to mount and resist artillery. The group was formed in 1975 at Pembroke College, Oxford to provide an opportunity for those interested in fortifications and military architecture to meet, get to know one another and publish their work.

Bunkersite A very nice English site including a large photographic section concerning Jersey's Bunkers

Atlantikwall Research Norway - The "Holy Grail" for Atlantic Wall Fortification Students - See Erik's site and you will want to be on the next aeroplane!

Atlantic Richard Drew's nice site covering all areas of the Atlantic Wall.

Pillbox Study Group UK There are more fortifications in the UK than most of us ever thought possible.

Other Sites

Martin Walton Fortification Tours Martin is a fully qualified Blue Badge Guide and has been a German fortifications guide in Jersey for many years. Martin is also able to offer other historic/fortification walks in Jersey (eg Napoleonic)

Jersey Heritage Holidays offers short break holidays for those who want to get under the skin of Jersey and to understand more fully what makes this island such a special place.

Tomahawk Films produce the excellent DVD Channel Islands Occupied, together with the bonus of a recent production showing Jersey's German fortifications called "Stars on the Landscape"

Fortress Books On this site you'll find a large collection of books about all types of fortresses, artillery and radar systems.

Axis History Forum is an apolitical forum for discussions on the Axis nations, as well as the First and Second World Wars in general. Of particular interest is the section "Fortifications and Artillery"

If you have a Fortification question and it cannot be answered on this forum - it probably cannot be answered anywhere!

Atlantikwall Superforum This is another good Forum - The postings are in French. Includes some information/pictures of the Channel Islands.

Living with the Enemy is the true and personal story of the Occupation of Jersey. Inspired by Islanders, this definitive documentary gives a heart-warming and heart-wrenching insight into Island life between 1940 and 1945, as seen through the eyes of the people who endured it." The site also has a lot of interesting links including a comprehensive listing of all the occupation books publish over the years.

The Adolf Guns (Norway)- 40,6cm SK C/34 at Trondenes, outside Harstad, North Norway. The Battery is today one of the best preserved in the entire Atlantic Wall. It is open for visitors. Out of season - booking required. Guided tours 2008; From 16 June to 15 August at 1100, 1300 and 1500 Meet at the gate to Trondenes military camp. Normally the tour takes 1 ½ hours
"Harald gives an excellent tour" Secretary CIOS Jersey

Noordwijk (Holland)- An FL246 converted into a museum, with a number of aircraft remains and a nearby S414 Command Bunker that can be visited


The Hampshire Hotel in Saint Helier, Jersey. AA 3 Star Hotel

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