• Phil (JWT Admin)

The Road to Liberation - 6th January 1941

Good morning everyone

As well as a look back at 80 years ago today is the 240th Anniversary of the battle of Jersey.

Below is a then and now (pre covid) post of the Battle of Jersey & the resting place of Major Francis Peirson, who died on this day in 1781 during the Battle of Jersey. During the early hours of the 6th of Jan 1781, an attempt was made by the French forces to invade Jersey and remove the threat the island posed to French and American shipping. The French expedition ultimately failed. Its commander, Baron Philippe de Rullecourt, died of wounds sustained in the fighting in a room upstairs in what is now the Peirson pub. Battle scars can still be seen on the walls of the Peirson. Both Major Peirson and de Rullecort were buried in the town church. Pierson inside and Rullecort outside.

Have a great day!




Occupation Focus

Above (top) is the German Searchlight Bunker below the British Military hospital at Elizabeth Castle. During the Occupation Elizabeth Castle was set up as two Widerstandsnest (pockets of resistance) working together to create a Stützpunkt (strongpoint). Though it appears that the castle had German defence activity in mid-1941. The fortress strength bunker construction works started around April 1943.

80 years ago today 6th January 1941

Today would be the 190th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,584 days remaining.

"More German Orders registered at the Royal Court: Curfew hours are altered 10p.m. to 6 a.m. in the Parish of St. Helier; 9pm. to 6 a.m. in all other parishes. Another Order again related to the prohibition of pigeon-keeping, and the Court registered twelve Acts recently passed by the States. New ration books commence."

Leslie Sinel

Civilian working at the Evening Post