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The Road to Liberation - 13th December 1940


Good morning everyone


Cold wet Sunday here in Jersey, perfect bunker exploring conditions! However, I am going to finish of my IT work today as I am close to the finishing line. For the first time in ages, we will soon have all data and files in one place ready to get uploaded to the member's area (sign up here).


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Have a great Sunday

Cheers

Phil


Strongpoint Le Grouin (above) is found between St Brelade's Bay and Ouaisne Bay. Click the link for more photos and WW2 maps.


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 13th of December 1940

Today would be the 166th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,608 days remaining.

" Free soup being distributed to men employed by the Department of Labour or under States-controlled schemes. Locally-made toys are on sale."

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post



Further afield

80 years ago today

13th of December 1940

80 years ago today the PDSA were working hard to save the animals of the Blitz. Between 1939 and 1945, dedicated PDSA Animal Rescue Squads help to save and treat more than 250,000 pets injured and lost during the Blitz. below is "Beauty", a Wirehaired Terrier owned by PDSA Superintendent Bill Barnet, is considered by many to be one of the world’s first ‘Rescue Dogs’.

Beauty was responsible for locating and saving the lives of 63 animals during her service and ended up receiving multiple awards for her bravery and dedication to duty. She was first awarded the PDSA Pioneer Medal, an award historically given exclusively to people, plus a Silver Medal inscribed ‘For services rendered’ by the Deputy Mayor of Hendon.


Beauty died in 1950 and is buried alongside other PDSA Dickin Medal recipients at the PDSAs Animal Cemetery in Ilford, Essex.


The PDSA are still going strong and visit their website https://www.pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/dm75/the-diligent/beauty




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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