Special opening: Strongpoint rotenstein

Fort Hommet (named by the Germans as ‘Stutzpunkt Rotenstein’) is a heavily defended headland covering Vazon Bay in the parish of Castel to the south and sea approaches from the north west.

Bunkers on the headland include a 4.7cm anti-tank gun casemate, four 10.5cm Casemates, two Searchlight Bunkers, a Machine Gun Turret Bunker, a M19 Automatic Mortar Bunker, a Water Supply Bunker, shelter for 5cm anti-tank gun and a Personnel Shelter.

Take part in a self-guided tour of these fortifications with experts on hand at each bunker.

These are not normally accessible to the public so this is a rare opportunity to step inside key parts of Guernsey’s wartime history.

Park in the lower car park by Vazon Bay, collect a map and follow the arrows around the various bunkers.

Ongoing restoration work on salvaged parts of the weapon from the M19 Automatic Mortar Bunker continue - once complete it will be one of only a small number of originals available to view along the Atlantic Wall.

The Atlantic Wall was a series of defensive positions containing a wide variety of small and large structures sited along the coastline from the Artic to the Spanish border. These could provide fire support to each other, and in many cases, they consisted of bombproof bunkers made of reinforced concrete, sometimes with a wall and roof thickness of at least two metres.

Festung Guernsey’s aim is to make available to the public examples of the most important fortifications built in Guernsey by the German occupying forces during WWII between 1940 and 1945.

Donations towards Festung Guernsey’s work will be gratefully received.

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