Jersey Friday 11th May 1945. The Royal Court’s first sitting since the Liberation of Jersey assembled at 11 a.m. on Friday morning, 12 May 1945. In attendance were Force 135 officers including L to R; Captain L. Ogden, and Lt-Col W. Arnold, making their way through the streets of St Helier to the Court.
Everyone on the Albert Pier in Jersey wanted their photograph taken with the first Liberators ashore. L to R: Miss Betty Richomme, Miss Haines, St John Ambulance Nurses back row unknown, Mary Martret, Margaret Sewell, Surgeon-Lieutenant Ronald McDonald, Miss Frazer, Sub-Lieutenant David Milln, unknown, Maurice Gautier and Major V. Cooke.
Jersey Bailiff’s pinnace on its way to HMS Beagle anchored in St. Aubin’s Bay, off St. Helier. The Bailiff and the Solicitor General waved their hats repeatedly in acknowledgement as the pinnace headed out of the Harbour, whilst Generalmajor Wulf and his two staff officers stood silently in the stern of the vessel.
Two years after Liberation on 23rd May 1947 Guernsey had a special visit from Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery (Monty). During his visit he met with many dignitaries including those from Elizabeth College, St John Ambulance, Sea Scouts and many others. His tour was welcomed by all with the streets of Guernsey lined with locals wanting to catch a glimpse of Monty. His famous vehicle known as Old Faithful carried him around the island and included a stop at the grounds of Beau Sejour.
An ex-RAF Coles mobile crane lifts a depth charge found at Batterie Mirus by workers of John Upham during the scrap metal drive of the early 1950’s. The charge was originally thought to be a large grease drum used in the operation of the gun, camouflaging its true lethal purpose.
The last of the French Char B1 tanks is loaded onto a Landing Craft Tank (LCT), at La Haul Slip, St Aubin’s Bay, Jersey on the 17th May, 1946. These tanks had been captured by the Germans and formed Panzer Abteilung 213 that was stationed in the island. They were returned to France and the French Army.
A German stands in front of the Victor Hugo statue in Candie Gardens, Guernsey. The 9,800kg limestone statue was made in 1913 by French sculptor Jean Boucher. It was transported from Paris to Cherbourg and then to Guernsey by steamboat before it was officially unveiled on 7 July 1914.