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The Road to Liberation - 30th December 1940

Good morning everyone

Work is a little hectic so please accept my apologies on not getting back to messages, emails or requests yet. I hope to do this over the weekend.

Today a big thank you goes out to Julie E who has purchased some equipment for us from the wishlist. If you have sent us some supplies and we have not said thank you to you, please feel free to reach out and let us know who you are so we can. Amazon does not provide sender information on everything.

Have a good day!




Above is Gun Number 4 at Batterie Moltke (5./HKAR 1265). Located at the south of Les Landes. Originally planned to be 'Marinebatterie 1' armed with four 15cm SK c/28 guns in revolving turrets. Four fortress type gun emplacements were built to house these, but the guns never made it to Jersey. Older 15.5cm French GPF field guns were used instead.

Main equipment used at Batterie Moltke

• Four 15.5cm K418(f) Field guns in open positions (12.5-mile range).

• Three 3.7cm Flak emplacements

• 150cm Searchlight named 'Artur'.

• Three MG311(f) in Renault FT17 tank Turrets.

• One 3.7cm Pak 36 Anti-tank gun

• Four fortress standard gun emplacements

• Four reinforced open emplacements

• Four type M151 personnel shelters

• Five type 512 ammunition bunkers


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 30th of December 1940

Today would be the 183rd day of the Islands Occupation with 1,591 days remaining.

"Particulars published regarding the registration of all persons over 14 years. of age. By way of propaganda, the Germans give prominence to the findings of their Court of Inquiry dealing with charges of espionage in Guernsey"

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post (EP)


Further afield

80 years ago today

30th of December 1940

The Second Great Fire of London

The London Fire Service Film unit put this film together from the footage of the 29th/30th of December 1940 and it gives an insight into the blitz 80 years ago.


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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