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The Road to Liberation - 17th December 1940

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Have a great day.



Above German WW2 Harbour minefield control bunker (one of two). The above is at Elizabeth Castle and the second one below is on the reclaimed land near the bus car park at La Collette. These would be used to detonate mines protecting the Harbour entrance during an allied invasion.


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 17th of December 1940

Today would be the 170th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,604 days remaining.

"More arrests made for infractions of the Curfew Order. Extensive robberies of poultry and rabbits, which continue for some time. British planes fired upon from Fort Regent. "

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post


Further afield

80 years ago today

17th of December 1940

British destroyer HMS Acheron went out for sea trials after repair. She was conducting steaming exercises west-south-west of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight. On one of the passes, she struck a mine. The explosion caused major structural damage forward, and her own speed drove her under. She sank within four minutes, taking 196 crewmen and yard workers, who were on board for the trials, to the bottom. There were only 19 survivors. The mine was probably one of those laid by the Luftwaffe in no definite pattern along the Channel coast. Her sinking was not made public until 27 December 1940.


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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