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The Road to Liberation - 14th December 1940

Good morning everyone

I hope you had a good weekend! as with all IT projects my aim to finish my PC build on Saturday was a dream and I am thinking it will be completed on a Saturday at some point in the next few months ;0)

Important day 80 years ago in Jersey with two orders released by the German Commander. One is for the installation of mines and the second was concerning Jewish businesses, please see the 80 years ago today section below.

Have a great day.




Strongpoint Elizabeth Castle (above), during the Occupation Elizabeth Castle was set up as two Widerstandsnest (pockets of resistance) working together to create a Stützpunkt (strongpoint). Though it appears that the castle had German defence activity in mid-1941. The fortress strength bunker construction works started around April 1943.


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 14th of December 1940

Today would be the 167th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,607 days remaining.

" Germans issue warning that land-mines have been laid at different places along the foreshore of the Island. Another notice is issued in regard to Jewish businesses. The Department of Agriculture appeals to the public to cut daily milk requirements down to a minimum."

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post


Further afield

80 years ago today

14th of December 1940

Above is the HMS Branlebas a French Navy Torpedo Boat which adhered to General de Gaulle’s Free French Force and was manned by a mixed French & British crew and under the command of the British Navy. 80 years ago today she sank in heavy weather on whilst escorting a westbound convoy.

There were only three survivors from a complement of 92.


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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