• Phil (JWT Admin)

The Road to Liberation - 16th January 1941

Good morning everyone

Busy weekend and tomorrow the permission is granted for a site visit we have been waiting for and I will share some photos of this on Monday, those following on our social media channels I will post some "my view nows". Today I will be tackling some armoury cleaning, there are over 35 guns that need stripping and cleaning, trust me I am missing the volunteer help! Hopefully, we can continue soon when the COVID situation gets better.

Have a fantastic day!




Occupation Focus

Above (top) is the German Batterie Ludendorff February 1945, it is situated in Fields close to St Ouen's Church and Scout hall. The Observation position was built on St Ouen's Mill and some of the ammunition shelters were been modified as nuclear monitoring stations for the cold war. There were three Anti-Aircraft weapons (3.7c, Flak 37) and three 21 cm Mörser 18 guns in open emplacements. Some of the emplacements can still be seen today. The Batterie was manned by 130 soldiers.

As always, much more information on the blue link Batterie Ludendorff 2./HKAR 1265 3 x 21cm Morser 18 howitzers 11 mile range


80 years ago today in Jersey 16th January 1941

Today would be the 200th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,574 days remaining.

German troop-carrying plane, a Junkers Ju 52, crashed off St Catherine's breakwater into the sea with no survivors. In the evening British planes pass over the Island with islanders noticing an increase of German searchlights. Snowfall reported as well as icy pavements.

Below a look at the Town Hall with German Flag in 1941


Further afield

16th January 1941

RAF Action

Germany Wilhelmshaven

96 aircraft; most crews reported good bombing results. 1 Whitley lost. Wilhelmshaven reports much damage and many fires. Among buildings destroyed or damaged were: the head post office, the main police station, an army barracks, a naval technical school, the main dock offices, 7 large commercial premises and 2 hospitals. At least 22 fire-fighting teams were called in from towns in a radius of 120 km; the men of these teams had to travel in open vehicles over icy roads and then had to fight fires in freezing temperatures. 21 people were killed and 34 injured. The diarist says: 'The year of 1941 would bring many more heavy raids but none causing such heavy damage as this one.'

V for Victory