German Underground Hospital

Jersey War Tunnels


Useful Information

Location: Meadowbank valley, Parish of St Lawrence, Jersey.
Open: 12-FEB-2005 to 18-DEC-2005 daily 10-18, last admission 16:30. [2005]
Fee: Adults GBP 8.60, Children GBP 4.60, Senior Citizens GBP 7.30, Students GBP 6.40, Serving Armed Forces GBP 7.50. [2005]
Classification: ExplainWorld War II Bunkers World War II underground hospital.
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Address: The German Underground Hospital, Meadowbank, Les Charrieres Malorey, St Lawrence, JE3 1FU, Tel: +44-11534-863442, Fax: +44-11534-865970.
Jersey War Tunnels, Les Charrières Malorey, St Lawrence, Jersey, Channel Islands JE3 1FU, Tel: +44-11534-860808, Fax: +44-11534-860886. E-mail: contact
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History

1940 Jersey occupied by the German Wehrmacht.
21-OCT-1941 start of construction at the Cap Verde entrance.
1942 excavation started at the Meadowbank entrance by the contracting firm of Gremmich.
1944 bunker completed.

Description

The German Underground Hospital, as the name suggests, is an underground hospital built by the Germans during World War II. The German Wehrmacht occupied the island in 1940, and immediatley started to build defenses. Adolf Hitler ordered the islands to be transformed into an impregnable fortress.

Ho8 was built underground by forced labourers from all over the world, provided by the the Organisation Todt. 43,000 tons of rock were removed and the space lined with 6,000 tons of concrete. And despite the term hospital it was definitely not a humanitary project. Originally the bunker was built as bombproof barracks, store and workshop to service heavy weapons. But this plan was changed even before it was completed. So the completed bunker was able to cater for 500 casualties with wards, contained a fully equipped operating room and a number of administrative rooms.

Today the bunker is only a part of the Jersey War Tunnels. Numerous exhibitions about World War II, historic items, photographs and documents are completed by art exhibitions.