Archive for the ‘Channel Islands’ Category

Recovery of M19 parts on Guernsey

The guys of Festung Guernsey continue to work on different projects on the Channel Island of Guernsey. One of the exciting ones is the recovery of remains of the automatic mortar M19 at Stützpunkt Großfels. In the future, the M19 bunker there will be turned into a museum.  

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:47 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Battleship Islands, a DVD about Alderney fortifications

Alberto Tabone contacted me about a project he has been working on and is now released to the public. A DVD series about fortifications, starting with the fortified island of Alderney. I asked Alberto a couple of questions about his project and his love for Alderney. You’re an Italian, how did you end up in […]

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Articles, Channel Islands · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Remains of M19 mortar found on Guernsey

Seen on Axis History. Festung Guernsey has completed another very successful dig at Stp. Langenberg. This time we were at the Type 633 M19 bunker to see what was buried in the extensively damaged turret room. Once all of the backfill and blown up concrete had been removed we were pleasantly surprised with large parts […]

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Excavation on Guernsey

Festung Guernsey excavated a Unterstand WaKoFest last week. The bunker at Wn Garen near L’Ancresse Bay was closed for many years. For more info and photos see http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=188901 and http://www.steve-powell.co.uk/Festung/Wn.Garen%20-%20Personnel%20Shelter/index.html

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 12:27 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Lifting a plate

The guys of Festung Guernsey are doing a great job again. This time they’ve managed to get the protective armoured plate in front of Wn Schonbucht Mitte casemate’s embrasure in working order. Watch this nice vid by Steve Powell. More info on the excavation and cleaing up of the bunker here.

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Another take away piece

A loose embrasure for a 4.7cm Festungspak is ready to be picked up on Jersey. You only have to get it down first. Maybe it’s something for the guys up Le Portel near Boulogne-sur-Mer who demolished a 631 to get the whole gun out. Or should it go back to the original owners, the Czech. […]

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Kleinstglocke 90P9 found!

The Channel Islands are still full of surprises. This week a a 6 t. observation cupola was uncovered in Wn Spitzpunkt at Grande Havre. To me it looks like the Kleinstglocke type 90P9 was installed in some sort of small bunker. On Alderney and Jersey the same type of turret was installed in Vf bunkers. […]

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Batterie Mirus open to the public

The most impressive part of the Guernsey defences in size, Batterie Mirus, will be partly opened to the public in the future. Gun emplacement No.1’s new owner is a supporter of the Festung Guernsey association and has allowed them to clean up the place and make it suitable for group visits. It will be a […]

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Birthday present

Not exactly on my birthday today, but I’ll consider it as a brithday present from the Festung Guernsey guys. 🙂 Last sunday they’ve excavated the Vf bunker for Sechsschartenturm of Stp Reichenberg, Fort Richmond on Guernsey. Buried for years it appeared to be in great shape with some very nice relics. It looks like the […]

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Replica M19

Malcolm Amy shows one of his superb replica’s again. After hundreds of grenade clips, ammo boxes and other stuff he now finished the replica top of the M 19 turret, including a periscope. Great job Malcolm, looking good! Read more on Axis History Forum.

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Channel Islands, News · Tagged with: , , , , , ,