Between 19 and 21 June 1940 saw the evacuation of just over 25,000 people from the Channel Islands many of them children who would be separated from their parents for five years.
The Germans took every advantage of the propaganda machine this well known photo of Germans marching past Lloydâ€™s Bank escorted by a Guernsey Bobby was to promote what may happen in England.
Deportation In 1942 and 1943 saw the eventual deportation of 2,200 men, women and children to German internment camps, some are seen here loading the one suitcase they were allowed to take.
LiberationThe Channel Islands were liberated from the occupying German forces on 9 May 1945 by the British. The unconditional surrender had been signed just hours before this photo was taken.
The Channel Islands Occupation Society was founded in 1961
The Occupation Society was formed to
study all aspects of the German military
occupation of the British Channel Islands
during the Second World War.
organises guided tours,
Islands and France.
also continues to
build up an extensive
and photographic archive.
Practical projects include the
restoration of the Naval Signals H.Q.
bunker at St. Jacques on the outskirts
of St. Peter Port.
Regular CIOS events take place, a
list of these
can be seen on our
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The flagship publication of the Society is the annual Channel Island Occupation Review, which is sent free to members.
Published alternately by the Guernsey and Jersey branches, it is produced to a high professional standard. All articles are meticulously researched and accompanied by numerous plans and photographs.
In addition to this members will
receive three newsletters updating them on the latest news and events.
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