Free Opening, New Displays, and Archive Event on Sunday 25th June 2017
On 23rd June 1977, the Noirmont Command bunker was first opened to the public. The bunker was a Type 132 Command Post (Leitstand) for the only Naval Coastal Artillery Batterie 3./ Marine Artillerie Abteilung 604 or more commonly known as M.A.A. 604.
Extending to a depth of 40ft on two levels, the complex had been sealed in the late 1940s, early 1950s until the Jersey Branch of the Occupation Society had received permission to open the bunker to the public.
Although the bunker at that time was largely empty, it did retain its steel observation cupola and interior doors which were often removed in the post-war scrap metal drive.
Since the first opening in 1977, the bunker has undergone many improvements and major restoration works, including the re-construction the range-finder housing and refitting the original outer range-finder arms.
In late last year the complex was treated to new displays in time for the 40th anniversary and to mark the 40th anniversary, on Sunday 25th June 2017, all bunkers in the care of the Society at Noirmont Point will be open to the public free of charge.
It will be a good opportunity to see the how the Command Bunker has been restored since its first opening.
A book sale will be taking place and there will be the chance to purchase a signed copy of ‘Batterie Lothringen’ by Paul Burnal.
There will also be the chance to try some substitute Occupation drinks like parsnip coffee and carrot tea, and to hear about food rationing during the Occupation.
The anniversary opening is taking place from 10:00am until 4:00pm on Sunday 25th June 2017.
Anyone who would like to help out on the day is asked to contact Colin Isherwood at: firstname.lastname@example.org.