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Shuttering and huge quantities of steel reinforcing surround construction workers as they prepare one of the many fortifications prior to concrete being poured in the grounds of Fort George.

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Shuttering and huge quantities of steel reinforcing surround construction workers as they prepare one of the many fortifications prior to concrete being poured in the grounds of Fort George.

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A local police sergeant and civilian photographed with German soldiers outside the old Police Station located opposite St Pauls Church. The church was subsequently demolished and is now the site of the Sunken Garden.

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German soldiers with a local resident at entrance to the former Moulin Huet Watermill, one of the properties alongside the road leading down to Moulin Huet Bay.

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German soldiers with a local resident at one of the properties alongside the road leading down to Moulin Huet Bay with Jerbourg headland and the beach of Petit Port in the distance.

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Looking across the roof of the former Moulin Huet Watermill, sited alongside the road leading down to Moulin Huet Bay with Jerbourg headland and the beach of Petit Port at low water in the distance.

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A view from the foot of Bertholet Street looking up the steeply graded hill that emerges onto New Street.

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With Victoria Tower in the background a view of properties in Town taken by the entrance to The Close by Doyle Road.

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A view across the roof tops of St Peter Port from Victoria Tower, with the spire of St James seen left, the square towers of Elizabeth College on the right and Castle Cornet in the far distance.

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Taken from the roof of a house near the junction of Les Gravees and Queens Road looking towards the spire of St Jospephs Methodist Church and Victoria Tower in the far distance.

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Taken from the roof of a house near the junction of Les Gravees and Queens Road looking towards the spire of Notre Dame Roman Catholic Chapel and convent.

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Enjoying a stroll around Guernsey’s southern cliffs a group of Germans stop for a rest near Moulin Huet by Dog and Lion Rocks with the small harbour at Saints Bay seen in the background.

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Two German soldiers stop to enjoy the views on the cliifs just west of Pointe De La Moye which can be seen in the background.

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A German soldier stands on the coastal footpath leading to Pointe De La Moye looking east towards Les Sommeilleuses.

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A German soldier relaxes on a rock outcrop sited on the coastal footpath leading to Pointe De La Moye with Icart headland in the background.

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Taken at Route de Cobo near Bouverie Lane looking towards Cobo Coast Road note, the white lines painted on the sea wall to aid drivers during the night in blackout conditions.

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A local police sergeant photographed by a German soldier in Market Street looking towards the steps that led to the Commercial Arcade.

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A typical stop for German troops seeking propaganda photographs featuring British institutions here outside Lloyds Bank located at the foot of Smith Street leading to the Pollet.

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At the foot of Fountain Street civilians are photographed going about their business, note the cyclist making their way up the road keeping to the right hand side.

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The Swedish ship SS Vega, chartered by the International Red Cross to take Red Cross Supplies to the Channel Islands. She is seen here off St Aubin’s Bay after leaving St Helier Harbour on Friday, 11th May, 1945.

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The Swedish ship SS Vega, chartered by the International Red Cross to take Red Cross Supplies to the Channel Islands, at the London Berth, St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey. Note German FK vessels moored alongside and trains on the quay.

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Major F. Sargent, Lt-Col Rogers and an Evening Post reporter at Les Landes, 1946. The cliffs at Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey are sheer and over 200 feet high. These were chosen as the most suitable site for dumping all the German medium and heavy coastal artillery pieces.

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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.

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Generalmajor Rudolf Wulf who was the Festungskommandant Jersey at liberation seen here after the award of his Knight’s cross of the Iron Cross, on 12th January 1943. At the time he was an Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-Colonel) in charge of an infantry regiment.

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Ration queue extending down The Pollet in St Peter Port, past P. W. Kimber Gold and Silver Smiths, past a sparse looking shop window display, and C. A. Martin & Sons Ltd Hardware Shop.

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Guernsey, 9th May 1945. Colonel H. R. Power, OBE, MC (late Glosters), Chief civil affairs Officer (CCAO), No. 20 Civil Affairs Unit, HQ Guernsey, Force 135.

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Photograph of LSI (H) St Helier in 'D-Day’ camouflage carrying Landing Craft Assault and flying her Anti-Aircraft balloon. The reverse has been endorsed, “Passed for transmission through the post but not good for publication.” There are also two signatures, T. McBryde and P. J. Hickson, Surg. Lieut., RNVR, and an oval cachet in red, “Commanding Officer H.M.S. “St Helier” – 8 Feb 1945.” St Helier downed a German Stuka and rescued 10,200 troops at Dunkirk.

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Captain Glasson, Elder Brother of Trinity House, and two other officials arrived at Guernsey in HMS Leith on 17th May, 1945. They visited Les Hanois Lighthouse off the west coast of Guernsey and the lighthouses on Sark and Alderney.

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Royal Visit, Jersey, Thursday morning, 7th June, 1945. The St Helier Harbourmaster, Captain Harry Richmond, chats with another local harbour official on the Albert Pier as they wait for their Majesties’ arrival.

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Royal Visit, Jersey, Thursday, 7th June, 1945. A Ford 1-cwt recording truck used by the BBC correspondents for the Royal Visit parked in St Helier Church Yard, opposite the entrance of the new States buildings. The man on the left is a War Correspondent, possibly Howard Marshall’s Recording Engineer W. S. Costello, and the soldier on the right is most probably the driver of the truck. On the windscreen can be seen displayed the Royal Visit St Patrick’s Cross vehicle permit, issued by Force 135 HQ, and another identifying the truck as belonging to the BBC.

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Surgeon-Lieutenant Ronald McDonald, RNVR, and Sub-Lieutenant David Milln, RN, shortly after landing at the end of the Albert Pier, St Helier, Harbour, Jersey, on Wednesday morning 9th May, 1945. Welcoming them ashore are L to R: Mary Marteret, Miss Frazer, unknown, and just in the picture Major Cooke.

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Surgeon-Lieutenant Ronald McDonald, RNVR, and Sub-Lieutenant David Milln, RN, shortly after landing at the end of the Albert Pier, St Helier, Harbour, Jersey, on Wednesday morning 9th May, 1945. The German sign behind them advises Achtung Nicht Ankern Hafenspere (Attention No Anchoring Harbour Boom).

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Surgeon-Lieutenant Ronald McDonald, RNVR, and Sub-Lieutenant David Milln, RN, shortly after landing at the end of the Albert Pier, St Helier, Harbour, Jersey, on Wednesday morning 9th May, 1945. Welcoming them ashore are L to R: Betty Richomme, Miss Haines, back row unknown, Mary Marteret, Mrs. M. Sewell, Miss Frazer, unknown, Maurice Gautier, Major Cooke, Mr. Hibbs Royal Court Usher, last three unknown.

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Three German Artillery Carriers (Artillerieträger), AF 65, 68 and 71 moored at the top of the New North Quay, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, on 12th May, 1945. In the foreground can be seen the top of a British Landing Craft.

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Royal Visit, Jersey, Thursday morning, 7th June, 1945. His Majesty, King George VI, and Major E. E. Underwood, RA, Guard Commander, inspect the Guard of honour lined up in front of the Immigration Building on the Albert Pier, St Helier Harbour. Lieutenant-General Kidman, Brigadier Snow and Lieutenant-Colonel Robinson follow behind. The troops were members of 'B’ Battery, 614 Regiment, Royal Artillery. On the roof of the immigration building are local Police Officers and a group of war correspondents.

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The Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony at the Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, on Wednesday morning, 9th May, 1945. The two British officers from Force 135, Colonel Power and Lt-Col Stoneman salute, the Bailiff of Guernsey removed his bowler hat and Members of the Controlling Committee of the States of Guernsey look on as the Union Jack is raised after five years of German Occupation.

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The Guard of Honour present arms and the officers salute as the Union Flag is broken out at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony outside the Court Buildings.

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The first members of the 'Omelette’ advance party, Force 135, to step ashore at the New Jetty, St Peter Port, on Wednesday, 9th May, 1945, at approximately 07.50 hours.

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The 'Gunners’ a detachment from 618 Regiment, Royal Artillery, part of the initial Force 135 advance party codenamed 'Omelette’ formed up on the St Julian’s Pier and was marched by Captain Hill, RA, along the White Rock towards the Weighbridge with Guernseyman Lieutenant Rex Ferbrache, RNVR, leading the way. At the States Office they stopped put the Union flag up the pole and then marched back along the esplanade to the Royal Hotel. Wednesday morning 9th May 1945.

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The Royal Army Corps vessel Tardenois heads for Les Minquiers on 28th May 1945.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. Brigadier A. E. Snow coming aboard the J225.

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Maitresse Ile, Les Minquieres Reef on May 28th 1945.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. Brigadier Snow boarding the J225.

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The Brigadier in the stern, Captain Fremantle, Mr Alexander Coutanche and a Naval Rating going ashore at Les Minquiers on 28th May 1945.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. Still going ashore. Naval Rating, Alexander Coutanche, Naval Officer and Brigadier Snow aboard J225.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. Going ashore. Naval Rating, Alexander Coutanche, Naval Officer and Brigadier Snow aboard J225.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. RASCV Tardenois is the second larger of the two vessels moored in the 'Lagoon’. She was a Royal Army Service Corps fast motor boat operated by 841 Water Transport Company between the Channel Islands.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. Brigadier A. E. Snow (centre) and Alexander Coutanche, Bailiff of Jersey (right). RASCV Tardenois can be seen at anchor.

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Carved into the diagonal brace of the door to one of the huts in the Maitresse Ils was the inscription in French: 'Liberated by the French Resistance'. Les Minquiers 28th May 1945.

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Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. Notice reads, Cette MAISON est exclusivement destine à l’usage des Marins pêcheurs en cas de besoin. Elle est placée sous la protection des usagers et des Visiteurs qui sont pries de la tenir proper et d’en fermer la porte avec sou (In the event of an emergency this house is for the use of fisherman. The upkeep of the house is the responsibility of the inhabitants and visitors are asked to keep it clean and close the door after them).