German Headquarters at Jersey
A Kernwerk is a German name for a headquarter location. Kernwerk is made up out of two words, Kern which means Core and Werk is work but in the meaning of a plant or a fabrik. In this case is comes down to building or buildings, together it means core building / central building and is a reference to headquarters.
Three large bunkers have been built in the Kernwerk next to a few smaller like a water supply bunker or communication bunker. These combat bunkers are Regelbau 609SK Command bunkers. The large bunkers have two floors and were in the past camouflaged as houses with chimneys, windows and a pointed roof.
The three main bunkers housed the various army units, the Kriegsmarine artillery command had its own bunker and its own communications bunker. Bunker- or Fortress command had a combat bunker and the Wehrmacht Infantry Regiment had its own bunker as well and its own communications bunker.
Bataillons-, Abteilung- oder Regimentsgefechtsstand was its original name. It was a combat bunker to house the command of a battalion, an army detachment or a regiment.
The 609 is a large bunker. 15 x 14 meters, and had two levels. To built this bunker 1480 cubic meters of concrete was needed. It was suited for one commanding officer and 18 men of lower ranks. The SK stands for sonderkonstruktion, a special construction, there were differences from a standard built at this bunker.
Our photos were taken during a trip with the Jersey War Tours and are from the Infantry Regiments Headquarters.
You can visit the bunker and walk around but if you like to see the inside you have to book a tour with the Jersey War Tours organisation.
The bunker is on private property so it would be kind to ask permission before you walk around.