The Road to Liberation - 9th December 1940
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Good morning everyone
Hope you are all well, it's taking a bit longer to get things done this week with restrictions, but as a quick update: the tunnel pumping is continuing to work and ho19 is getting dryer by the day. The tower is also doing well with the increased dehumidification setup we have added. We may be starting a new project in the new year and I have some meetings coming up (zoom) to see how we can help. Will post up details on this when its a bit more firm.
Resistance Nest Jasmin (above) was a Second Line Resistance Nest on the North Coast, click the link for more photos and WW2 maps. It lies on the highest section of the island between Strongpoint Bouley and Resistance Nest Bonne Nuit Fort:
Two light Machine Gun 34’s
Two French Machine Guns mounted in-tank turrets
Two 5cm French fortress mortars
One 40cm searchlight
One twin Machine Gun 34 mount
80 years ago today 9th of December 1940
Today would be the 162nd day of the Islands Occupation with 1,613 days remaining.
80 years ago today
9th of December 1940
At 01.32 hours on 9 Dec 1940 British Ship The Empire Jaguar, a straggler from convoy OB-252, was torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine U-103 296 miles 248° from Slyne Head. The master, 34 crew members and two gunners were lost.
An Empire ship is a merchant ship that was given a name beginning with "Empire" in the service of the Government of the United Kingdom during and after World War II. Most were used by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), which owned them and contracted their operation to various shipping companies of the British Merchant Navy.
German Submarine U-103 (below) was a Type IXB U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine that operated during World War II. U-103 was one of the most successful hunter-killers in the entire war, sinking over 237,000 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping during 11 patrols, in a career lasting more than four years. On the 15 April 1945 she was sunk by Canadian bombers.
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.