OT & POW Camps in Jersey

Jersey's Organisation Todt & Prisoner of War Camps

This is a work in progress!

We are tracking down each of the camps built during the Occupation. We want to place a memorial at each of these sites to honour the workers and the many who suffered during the Second World War.

If you have any information, photos or just want to help please get in touch.

French North African Prisoner of War Camp
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This POW camp housed Algerian & Moroccan Prisoners of War.

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Allied Prisoner of War Camp
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The camp was spread out over south hill.

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Lager Ehrenbreitstein
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Fort Regent, housed political prisoners who were forced to work, they could have been held in the barracks within the fort or in the large huts.

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Lager Brinkforth

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Was found on the five mile road, St Ouen, and housed Russian and Spanish.

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Lager Schepke
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Jersey Steel is now at this site but there are still some traces remaining. This OT Camp had Spanish and Russian.

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Lager Richthofen
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You can see the standard barracks type hut (camouflaged) behind the La Pulente Hotel which is now the pub and at the south end of the five mile road St Ouen. A few other huts can also be seen this camp housed French and Spanish.

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Lager Udet
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Lager Udet, close to La Moye School on La Route Orange, held Polish, Russian and Spanish.

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Lager Hindenburg
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Site of the old Girls College, Hindenburg held the first OT forced workers to arrive in Jersey, it was then converted in to an OT hospital. As you can see below red crosses can still be see today (Dec 2016), these crosses were only added in July 1944 when the Hospital is taken over by the German Navy.

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Lager Franco
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No traces remain of this camp and it is behind the Royal Jersey Golf Club at Gorey, It was known at the time as Grouville Holiday Camp. A large cement air-raid bunker is still on the site. North African & Spanish held here.

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Lager Wick
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Traces remain of this camp and it is next to the coast road to Gorey (Grouville Marsh) North African & Spanish held here.

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Lager Rommel
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Was built in 1943 where Clos De Roncier is now. The Germans used it to hold Russians until July 1944, when they are transported back to Germany. In August 1944 it was used as a barracks for artillery soldiers of Batterie Schlieffen (13./HAKR 1265).

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Lager Prien
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Lager Prien was found at St John's Hotel, to the right of the church and centre of this photo, the camp had Spaniards and later had Russians. All who worked at Ronez Quarries.

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Lager Mölders
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Found where St Georges estate is now in St Ouen. This camp held Spanish, Ukrainian & Russian.

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Lager Seeckt
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West Park Pavillion (demolished in the 90's), Transit Camp for new OT arrivals, North African, Spanish and French workers.

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Lager Immelmann
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Remains of Immelann can be seen on this 44 RAF photo, just below the centre slightly to the right. Immelann was holding Russians working on the defences at Val de la Mare and also the Anti-Tank walls of the bay. The camp was closed in October 1943.

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Newgate Prison
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Newgate prison was at the back of the hospital. It was used to hold political prisoners, such as Louisa Gould, criminals and also used for Allied POW's

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Exploring bunkers:

• Always get permission from the owner
• Take a torch, a spare and one more for luck
• Don't go alone & tell someone where you will be and for how long
• You will get dirty as most are often full of rubbish and may have been used as a public toilet
• Anything you find still belongs to the person that owns the property
Unexploded ordnance is still found in Jersey if you see or find anything that looks like ordnance please call the bomb disposal officer on 01534 612 612.

Jargon Help

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

If we have used any photos or information which you believe to posted without permission, please contact us at info@jerseywartours.com

Links of other excellent websites and people you must support.

The National Trust for Jersey are a fantastic group and we can not praise them enough for the work they do. Please go support them as their vision is to permanently protect Jersey's natural beauty, rich wildlife and historic places for everyone to enjoy and experience.

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Jersey Heritage look after multiple sites most with links to the Second World War and all worth a visit. The archive they have is amazing and one of the best sources of information. It can be used online or in person and we ask you to please support all they do.


The Channel Island Occupation Society are guardians of 5 sites which have all been restored or have been made to look like they did in the Second World War. Visits to these sites help fund the work they do and we encourage you to take a look at the opening times and visit them. They also have a wide range of books and reviews, all of which are an excellent resource for education.

Whether you are an established Battlefield Guide, retired from the craft, interested in how it is done or considering a future in guiding, the International Guild of Battlefield Guides is for you. Kimberley and Phil are both associate members and recommend you visit their website to show support.