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The Road to Liberation - 28th December 1940


Good morning everyone


I hope the long weekend is helping recharge your batteries. Yesterday's plans changed somewhat as unfortunately the wind has driven in the rain and caused some flooding at the tower. I spent most of the day cleaning it up and drying and protecting a few of the displays. No real issues it just needed some elbow grease. Was quite relaxing watching the surfers in the bay from the loopholes. With much more rain on the way.


Have a fantastic day!

thanks

Phil





Above is Grève de Lecq Tower which formed part of the Strongpoint Grève de Lecq for both the British in the Napoleonic period as well as being modified in the second world war by the German Forces. This is also one of our sites and the repairs, restoration and work are made by us as a non-profit organisation. More photos info and maps on the webpage.




Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 28th of December 1940

Today would be the 181st day of the Islands Occupation with 1,593 days remaining.

"Vouchers made available for the deserving poor to obtain textile goods at a reduction of from 333 to 50 per cent, these are the goods being made at " Summerland " by more than 300 girls for supply to the shops. " E.P." Christmas Fund creates a record."


Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post (EP)

Further afield

80 years ago today

28th of December 1940

The Luftwaffe stages an effective raid on Southampton. Two Royal Navy destroyers under construction at the Thornycroft naval yard, Norseman and Opportune, are hit and seriously damaged. The Norseman in particular basically is wrecked, but since it is not sunk, the workmen simply begin rebuilding it again (though this sets back its completion date to 29 May 1942). In addition, 271-ton tug Canute is hit and damaged.


Destroyer HMS Valorous and 202-ton minesweeping trawler HMT Libyan collide in Sheerness Harbour in the Thames Estuary. The Valorous receives minor damage and heads to Chatham for repairs, which will take a couple of weeks.

- only the tower and the administrative block were unscathed


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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