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The Road to Liberation - 24th December 1940

Good morning everyone

It's Christmas eve and despite it being a very different type of eve from past years I hope you all get out of work early and enjoy some festive downtime. I am working today but looking forward to the end of the day. For those new, to the blog, my work with JWT is voluntary and not my day job.

We have started to receive some parcels from our wish list and want to say a big thank you to those who are supporting this. Each thing is important to the upkeep of what we do from research, maintenance and preservation. If you want to help we are not asking for subscriptions in 2021 but instead will be using the wish list below to help reduce our outgoing costs. It's now set up so you can purchase on Amazon and it will get sent directly to the JWT office.

Have a fantastic Christmas eve!



Above (Top) is a Resistance Nest Steps 43, As there were no pre-war landmarks on the 1933 Ordnance Survey map used by the Germans, the Resistance nest takes its name from the only thing shown at this point which is "Steps" (onto the beach) and a nearby height point (43 feet)

More photos info and maps on the webpage.


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 24th of December 1940

Today would be the 177th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,597 days remaining.

"Registration with milk retailers ordered; this Is to avoid persons being supplied with milk by more than one dairyman. Labour at fixed rates of pay is made available to growers. Compared with other years, Christmas Eve finds the town not very busy, the depreciated stocks of goods making shopping a problem. German troops were not allowed out in the evening but had parties in their billets. Some churches held midnight services."

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the evening post


Further afield

80 years ago today

24th of December 1940

HMT Pelton (Skr. John Alexander Sutherland, DSC, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by the German motor torpedo boat S-28 off Great Yarmouth on 24 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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