Turret Bunker, Val de la Mare

With a steel cupola up to 12 inches thick, these heavy machine-gun turrets were favourites for the scrapmen who removed steel from most of the German fortifications in the 1950s scrap drives. Only if located on private property (as here), or if it was just too difficult to remove the scrap from a remote site, did the steelwork survive.

Located at the foot of one of the valleys leading into St Ouen’s Bay, this was a secondary defensive position which would not only provide an obstacle to an attacking force seeking to move inland, but also provide interlocking machine-gun fire in the “killing fields” behind the coastal rearward firing guns.