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The Road to Liberation - 10th February 1941



Good Morning


We aim to blog every day and share what happened in Jersey 80 years ago. We plan to include a brief further afield post on what was happening this day in the second world war, an update on what we are up to and highlight some of the Occupations sites here and in Normandy. We named this project "The Road to Liberation". This project will run-up to the 80th Liberation celebrations in 2025.



Have a fantastic day

thanks

Phil


Jump to cover photo details here

 

80 years ago today in Jersey 10th February 1941


Today would be the 223rd day of the Islands Occupation with 1,549 days remaining.


Requests to limit electricity usage today mean the reduction in the Cinema opening times.

German's advise of shooting practice in St Ouen's Bay

 

Further afield

10th February 1941


The commonwealth graves commission record 123 deaths this day 80 years ago, the average age was 27.


Atlantic

German submarine U-48 stopped 6,843-ton Dutch Nederlandsche-Amerika Line steamer Burgerdijk southwest of the Isles of Scilly. The ship was transporting maize and wheat from the United States to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The German crew inspected the cargo, and the German commanding officer Schultze declared that the cargo was aimed for the United Kingdom and the ship would be sunk. The crew abandoned ship in lifeboats and were rescued by Dutch steamer Edam 12 hours later. Burgerdijk was sunk by a single torpedo at 1845 hours


RAF Action

Aerial Photographs taken by aircraft of Coastal Command during a daylight attack on the 10th February, show bursts on the Arsenal d'Artillerie, on barges, the quayside and property near the wet dock, near a telephone exchange and on property North-East of the inner harbour at Boulogne. Bursts are visible close to the railway sidings between the Bassin Carnot and the Scouring Basin at Calais.


 

Occupation Focus


The cover of today's blog is the German Observation Bunker the M3 Located at Plemont.


Army Coastal Artillery Range finding Positions were reinforced field-type, split-level constructions, although windmills and even Gorey castle was adapted for this role. The Fortress Engineers' construction map dated July 1943 shows these positions designated by the letter M for Mefistelle (Range-finding position).