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The Road to Liberation - 29th December 1940


Good morning everyone


Just wanted to give a big shout out to the people that have been using the JWT Wish list for providing supplies. It will really help us in 2021 as the cost of maintenance and equipment is growing each year. As a non-profit run by volunteers, every donation makes a difference and gets us closer to opening some of our sites to the public. COVID permitting we hope to open Greve de Lecq Tower in 2021.


So a big thank you goes out to Clive and Vaughn who have bought equipment this month to help keep us going. We have also received some equipment but it was marked as anonymous, please feel free to reach out and let us know who you are so we can say thanks.


Have a good day!

thanks

Phil



Above is the WW2 German MP-3 Naval Artillery Direction and Range-finding Tower. Nine of these towers were planned but only three completed and ground floors of a forth. The location of the planned towers can be seen on the German Map below marked as Navy. Or click here for a dedicated page


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 29th of December 1940

Today would be the 182nd day of the Islands Occupation with 1,592 days remaining.

"Visit of Hans Freidrich Blunck, one of the best-known German poets."


Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post (EP)



Further afield

80 years ago today

29th of December 1940

The Second Great Fire of London

80 years ago today London suffered the start of what was one of the most destructive air raids of the Blitz during World War II. The Luftwaffe raid caused fires over an area greater than that of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Fires started by the raid included an incendiary bomb that broke through the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, which was being guarded by a fire watch team at the behest of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.


Over the night of 29-30 December 1940, around 100,000 bombs fell in the space of a few hours. Many homes, offices, factories and pubs were destroyed. Some residents and workers were away for Christmas saving countless lives. 163 people were killed and 503 injured. 12 of those killed were firefighters. A follow-up wave of German bombers carrying high explosives was cancelled because of poor weather.



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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