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The Road to Liberation - 12th December 1940

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Good morning everyone

Still working on a new PC build that will hopefully help speed up my responses, but not going to lie it may also lead me to cyberpunk 2077 & call of duty. For the gamers out there I will post up our twitch account in the next few days and hopefully, we can have a chat online and play some games in the near future. For the non-gamers, we are going to try and use similar technology to host some online sessions during this second lockdown and Christmas. The plan will be to digitally tour some bunkers and chat. Will post up some info on that soonest.



Resistance Nest Mole Verclut (above) Found at St Catherine's Breakwater and was used by the Germans as a coastal defence on the east of Jersey. Click the link for more photos and WW2 maps.

Two light Machine Gun (mg34)

One heavy Machine Gun (mg34)

One 8cm mortar

Two 5cm French mortars

One 10.5cm French gun Seven defence Flamethrowers

One 60cm searchlight


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 12th of December 1940

Today would be the 165th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,610 days remaining.

" Amendments made to the Feeding Stuffs (Control of Retail Sales) Order, whereby all merchants dealing in the same have to obtain a licence. Prices of Jam are fixed, but the quantities that may be purchased are negligible."

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post


Further afield

80 years ago today

12th of December 1940

80 years ago today marks the start of the worst nights of German Luftwaffe bombing in Sheffield, England, during the Second World War. This would last to the 15 December 1940.

On the afternoon of Thursday 12 December, British monitoring stations detected X Verfahren (sometimes called X-Gerät) radio beams being laid across northern England and calculated that the likely target of the coming raid would be Sheffield. The yellow alert was received at 6:15pm followed by the purple alert at 6:45pm. The red alert was sounded at 7pm. Main groups of aircraft flying from airfields in northern France, including Cambrai. 13 Heinkel 111s from Kampfgruppe 100, the German Pathfinder unit arrived over the city at 7:41 pm and dropped 16 SC50 high-explosive bombs, 1,009 B1 E1 ZA incendiaries and 10,080 B1 E1 incendiaries. The first incendiaries were dropped over the suburbs of Norton Lees and Gleadless.

In total over 660 people were killed, 1,500 injured and 40,000 made homeless. 3,000 homes were demolished with a further 3,000 badly damaged. A total of 78,000 homes received damage. Six George Medals were awarded to citizens of Sheffield for their bravery during the raids. 134 victims of the raids were buried in a communal grave in City Road Cemetery.


The December book recommendation is "The Americans on D-Day."

This book has 450 dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation and is available on kindle! Click the photo to find out more. It also would make a fantastic Christmas Present.

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