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The Road To Liberation - 3rd December 1940

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Good morning everyone

Thank you for giving up a few mins each day to read the blog, the viewing numbers keep going up and it's great to see so many people are interested in the history.

In Jersey last night multiple new restrictions have been put in place including increasing social distancing to 2 meters. This stops us from being able to operate any tours but we will resume as soon as we move back to 1 meter and it's safe to do so. This however does not stop the work we do, the research, site maintenance and sharing of WW2 stories. So the first job is to clean all the equipment and I will start with the pistols.

Above is one from our collection and is a German WW2 P38 (Mauser). It's on the desk for a full strip-down and clean. In 1942 the Mauser factory started the production of P38 pistols to fulfil the demand for these pistols by the German army. The code for Mauser is byf and it is stamped on the slide just above the production year (last two digits). The Mauser acceptance stamp is E/135 or E/WaA135. In total 323.000 P.38 pistols were produced by Mauser during the Nazi regime.

Hope you all have a great day.




Below I have set up a digital tour of the German WW2 Ammunition Bunker (IV) at Batterie Lothringen, Jersey. This more information about the batterie can be found here Batterie Lothringen

Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 3rd of December 1940

Today would be the 156th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,618 days remaining. "Following the departure of the French Consul-General arrangements are made for the payment of pensions to French nationals." Leslie Sinel l Civilian working at the Evening Post (Jersey)


Further afield

80 years ago today

3rd of December 1940

Allied convoy HX-90 was attacked by German submarine U-99, which sank British ship Conch (above) at 1058 hours, a German Fw 200 aircraft sank British ship W. Hendrik and German submarine U-140 sank British ship Victoria City (below) at 2142 hours. HX 90 was an eastbound convoy of 41 ships which sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on 21 November 1940 bound for Liverpool, England, and carrying war materials. The convoy, made up of contingents from Halifax, Sydney and Bermuda was led by convoy commodore V. P. Alleyne in Botavon.


As the migration from our old website to the new website continues we are aware there is missing information, errors and we need your help. If you are interested in submitting photos, stories, information, maps whatever it is we have made a submission page. You can use the link below to help. This website is not about us, but about the sharing of free information for the generations to come.

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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