You will have to work a bit harder to find this bunker compared to the others I photographed, but it is well worth the effort. Situated below the Val de la Mare Reservoir, it isn’t on or near any bus routes. You’ll have to drive or walk from St Peter or St Ouen’s Bay.
This one is a machine gun turret bunker or “Sechsschartenturm”, meaning six-loophole turret. It is very secluded. You walk up a path around a few sharp bends, then come to the spot shown above. From here, you can continue to the bunker entrance or follow a narrow path on the left to walk up above it.
You might think “Where is it?” at this point since there is not much to see above ground. This is one of the more camouflaged ones I have seen. Like the German Bunkers At Noirmont Point, it is almost entirely underground. Set deep in the Jersey granite and built to fortress standard of two-metre thick reinforced concrete, it is invisible from the roadway.
Back down and through the entrance, you can see this is much like the other fortifications. There is a defensive machine gun position watching the narrow entranceway, then the usual gas lock and steps down inside. It is brightly lit and cool, with signs here and there to guide you and tell you its story. My first impression was that it is much larger than I expected. This is the last of the CIOS bunkers that I have explored, mostly because I thought it was just a small turret. When you go in, you can see several rooms on either side, and a circular room at the end with a ladder.
Walk through the middle part through the rooms and you are looking up through a metal grate at the machine gun turret. This is by far the most interesting part of the bunker. Ductwork below supplies fresh air to the gunners and a special secondary system of ducts collect the spent shell casings below. It’s brilliant. If you’ve ever been shooting you know how easy it is to slip on spent shell casings. Typical German engineering, they thought of this and came up with a solution.
As I said at the beginning, this is well worth the effort to visit. The next scheduled opening is in two weeks on July 7th. Admission is free. Look for the sign along La Route du Moulin.