WN Le Rocque B

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Resistance Nest La Rocque B

Location: The Resistance Nest La Rocque B together with the Resistance Nest La Rocque A, forms the “Strong Point La Rocque”. It lies between the Resistance Nest La Rocque A and the Operational Position Le Hurel.

Complement: Two NCOs and fourteen Other Ranks

Unit’s Weapons: Two light Machine Gun 34’s (also heavy machine gun mounts)

Static Weapons: One French 311 Machine Gun mounted in a Renault FT 17 tank turret, one 10.5cm French gun [casemated], one 10.5cm French gun mounted in an open position on a pivot and one 60cm searchlight

Battle Orders: The Resistance Nest La Rocque B has orders to defend the south east point of the island and the south section of Grouville Bay from enemy attack from the sea, land and air. Enemy insurgents to be destroyed by the Resistance Nest.

Battle Command: By attack against the south east point work together with Resistance Nest La Rocque A. By attempts at landing against Grouville Bay work together with Resistance Nest Fort Henry and Gorey Harbour.
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German Art work found in the Napoleonic era guard house.

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1943 Aerial of the Position

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1943 German Artillery Map showing the 10.5cm Gun Position

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1943 German Map of the Position

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Widerstandsnest (WN) = Resistance Nest (RN)
Small pocket of resistance, these would be made up of small groups of up to 10 men with light weapons. They would man Anti-tank weapons, an observation post or a field gun.

Stützpunkt St.P = Strongpoint (STP)
Next level up from an RN and consisted of several RN's. STP areas would have a combination of weapons and different branches of the military used. Examples of this can be found with Strongpoint Greve de Lecq and Strongpoint Corbiere

Einsatzstellung = Operational Position or Action Post
Smaller MG type position generally it was only maned during an alert

Feldwache = Field Watch

Jäger Casemate was a special design and name for bunkers designed to hold a 10.5cm field gun

Sources of Information

German Documents are housed at The National Archived in Washington or Archive in Kew UK
T-78 Roll 318
T-78 Roll 317
T-315 Roll 1639
T-315 Roll 1643
T-311 Roll 27
T-312 Roll 1545

Operation Green Arrows - Occupation of the Channel Islands MOD 584
Allied Technical Intelligence Reports 1944-45
German Preparations for Invasion of the United Kingdom 1941-42
B-833, 319th Infantry Division (1941-45)
German Seacoast Defenses, European Theatre - prepared by the Seacoast Artillery Evaluation Board
Jersey Occupied by Michael Ginns - ISBN 978-1-905095-29-2
Operation Nestegg Plans
Operation Hardtack Plans
Operation Basalt Plans
RAF Photos care of The National Collection of Aerial Photography
Bundesarchiv - Multiple Photos - and Files
A Map of slave labour camps. Kindly Provided by Emilio Pérez
Photo's and information provided by fans
Onsite visits & internet research
After the Battle Multiple Magazines

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