Naval direction-finding tower MP 5

In the middle of the southern coast on the Channal Island Guernsey, in 1942 the German Navy built an observation bunker called "Marine Peilstand und Meßstellung 5".

The bunker MP5 should be part of a network consisting of a total of six bunkers around Guernsey.

Through the openings in the front of the bunker, the observations and the target point should be made. The bunker had two floors, one floor for each associated gun battery. The enemy ships could be very precisely and quickly determined by observations from two of the piles, direction and distance. This information could then be passed on to the guns in the various gun batteries on the island.

In practice, however, it turned out to be very difficult for two towers to designate the individual ships from each other if several ships were to be observed at one time.

The construction of the six bunkers was therefore stopped before all six bunkers were completed.

The MP5 bunker was fitted with granite on the outside of the concrete to resemble a Martello tower, a fortification built in the 19th century many places on Guernsey.

The bunker is located in the middle of the southern coast, 3 km. east of MP4.