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Organisation Todt Dienstbuch. Oberbauleitung Normandie

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Hi Ian,

 

Thank you for showing us your Organisation Todt Dienstbuch.

 

And the best OT Dienstbuch description I have seen so far.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Other Bauleitung, also known as Abschnitt under OBL Normandie:

 

BL Dinard - Dipl.Ing. Wolter.
BL Fougeres - Dipl.Ing. Hötzl.
BL Julius (Island Jersey) - BR von Grienberger (prev. called BL Jakob; the name was changed in 1943 to avoid confusion with Einsatz Jakob in Russia).
BL Gustav (Island Guernsey) - Dipl.Ing. Foerst.
BL Adolf (Island Alderney) - put under OBL Cherbourg in 1943.
BL Schöne Aussicht - (only in 1942)

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I can find very little about Heilmann & Littmann Bau AG on the net except this:

 

From 1938 Sager & Wörner (Merger with Heilmann & Littmann Bau AG to Heilit+Wörner Bau-AG) was among the companies that received orders via the Organisation Todt, among these projects such as the Atlantic Wall and others in Denmark and defenses in the Channel Islands.

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Just found this on Axis History forum:

 

Heilmann & Littmann of Stuttgart, Germany were on Jersey and their construction projects included:
Excavation of the tunnels Ho 13 & 15 in Beaumont Valley; Construction of the artillery battery Moltke at Les Landes Common, St. Ouen; and all fortifications along St. Ouen's Bay from Les Brayes northwards

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Ian

I've got to imagine the connection Jersey is quite rare. Even soldiers serving there are unique to come across and construction personnel even more so. I'd be curious to know the size of these construction units or did they press military construction units into service?

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Hi Jeremy,

Org.Todt books are not that common to the Channel Islands....I have only seen one, however could well have looked some over and not realised what I was looking at. Not sure how large these units were as they tended to use slave labour...I have a book somewhere which goes into these details, will take a look.

 

/Ian

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Hi Ian,

 

Thank you for showing us your Organisation Todt Dienstbuch.

 

And the best OT Dienstbuch description I have seen so far.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

 

Can only confirm, especially with Jersey & Normandy connection! Thanks for posting and the given description.

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Taken from the book by Michael Ginns M.B.E. "Jersey Occupied - The German Armed Forces in Jersey 1940-1945" (Amazon UK)....incidentally an excellent book if you are interested in the occupation of Jersey!!

 

Although directed from Organisation Todt Zentrale in Berlin, for operational purposes the OT was divided into nine Einsatzgruppen (Project Groups), with responsibility for specific areas of occupied Europe. The one for France, Holland, Belgium and the Channel Islands, with a H.Q. in Paris, was Einsatzgruppe West, which was under the direction of Oberbaudirektor Karl Weiss.

 

The OT in the Channel Islands was initially administered by Oberbauleiting Normandie (Senior Construction Section Normandy), which was based at St. Malo. However February 1943, as the fortification programme intensified, this was split in two, with Guernsey and Jersey allocated to Oberbauleitung St. Malo and Alderney to Oberbauleitung Cherbourg. The official in charge at St. Malo was Oberreichsbahnrat Spangenburg. Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey were codenamed Adolf, Gustav and Jacob respectively, although the last named was changed to Julius on 31 july 1942, after a brief period when it was known as Jacob West, when the vast OT operations in Russia were named Jacob in honour of General Alfred Jacob, Inspekteur der Pioniere und Festungen at OKW in Berlin. At first each island was designated as a Bauleitung (Construction Section) in its own right, but they were later downgraded to Abschnittbauleitung (Sector Construction Section) under the control of a Bauleiter (Construction Supervisor). Under his direction the labour force and their camps were administered by a Truppfüher (Troop Leader) and a Frontführer (Front Leader), with a Lagerkommandant in charge of each camp. The lower ranks of OT Meister and OT Vorarbeiter, both meaning foremand and equivalent to a Corporal and Lance Corporal, were responsible for the workforce both in and out of camp.

 

The headquarters of the OT in Jersey were located at 17 Midvale Road, St. Helier in what was the Portland Hotel.

 

 

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Heilmann & Littmann (Stuttgart, Germany)

Projects: exvacation of tunnels Ho 13 and Ho 15 in Beaumont Valley; construction of artillery battery Moltke at Les Landes, St. Oeuen; and all fortifications north of Le Braye, St. Ouen's Bay.

 

Ho 13 - Munitions Store IV (Flak): Beaumont Valley, St. Peter.

Work on Ho 13 began on 12.10.1942, but there were several false starts, caused initially by difficulty in finding a reasonable rock surface through which to drill, and then by water problems and flooding. Eventually a suitable location was found just to the north of Warren Farm and work procedded apace. Most of the excavations had been completed and work on lining the interior was in hand by the end of Semptember 1943, when the OT firm of Heilmann & Littman and its workforce wre removed to the Pas de Calais area in Frnace to work on rocket launching sites. The tunnel was sealed up and remains in this condition to the present day.

 

Ho 15 - Stores: Beaumont Valley, St. Peter.

Construction of Ho 15 commenced on 21.11.1942, with a pilot tunnel bored into the hillside on the west side of the valley, opposite Warren Farm, but it was never completed and only the floor was lined with concrete.

Here's a map that shows the west coast of Jersey and locations that Heilmann & Littman were involved in constructing. The north and south extremeties of their construction are marked by the yellow arrows.

 

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This thread is getting better and better.

 

Thank you.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Hello

nice document, I did not spot this post, while working abroad.

the description of this diensbuch is as precise at it is well explained, with history of OBLs leading Normandy and Brittany.

Cheers,  Pierre 

 

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