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Babes in the Wood

Reference: HANDL/2004/013

Object name: Poster

What's On To-day in Jersey 1965

Reference: JERSM/2005/00072

Object name: Programme | Brochure

Publisher: Anson and Company Limited

Printer: Premier Printers

Distributer: Jersey Tourism

Date: 1965

Images of a member of the Junior Club being presented with a metal detector at the Forum Cinema, St. Helier. Jersey Evening Post

Reference: L/A/75/A3/5/3875

Photographer: Glenn Rankine

JEP Photographic Job Number: 1980/3875.

Date: 3 May 1980

Images of a competition winner outside the Forum Cinema. The young man has won a pair of headphones. Jersey Evening Post

Reference: L/A/75/A3/5/4400

Photographer: Peter Mourant

JEP Photographic Job Number: 1980/4400.

Date: 26 June 1980

[Copy from the Imperial War Museum - Not to be reproduced.] Photocopy of a letter of Walter Blampied Le Cocq, of Kengarth, Bagot, in St. Saviour, to a relative named Eva. The letter is dated 12th May 1945, and describes some of the conditions of the Occupation. Le Cocq says that they had to be very careful what they said and did as they were 'surrounded by spies' in the pay of the German Secret Police. He describes the restrictions on three or more people meeting in the street, and the fines and imprisonment that could be given by the German Commandant for this offence. He lists the types of identity cards they were required to carry at all times, and the notices which they were ordered to fix in the main entrance of their homes listing the occupants. No two people could ride side-by-side on their bicycles, and Germans hiding in the shrubbery on Victoria Avenue would leap out to arrest them if they saw this happen. Most of the islanders' motor cars were requisitioned by the Germans, who paid for them in Marks. Then they confiscated the bicycles, and worst of all the wirelesses which left them 'completely cut off from the outside world'. Many people kept their sets, and were sent to continental prisons as a punishment. The Germans paid £100 to informers, though Le Cocq says that the Germans detested the informers themselves but had to do their duty. Le Cocq says that many people, civilians and German soldiers, were executed by shooting. Some people managed to escape the island, others lost their lives in the attempt. He describes the island as 'one mass of fortifications and barbed wire entanglements'. He says that the Germans 'did not treat us badly' and 'their behaviour left nothing to be desired'. The first Germans to arrive would usually move off the pavement for the locals, and 'women and girls went mad for them', and children used to play soldiers with them in the streets. The Forum cinema had to be divided to keep locals and Germans apart. Le Cocq says that the first lot of Germans who had been on the island were then sent to Russia, and had to be marched down to the docks and disarmed, where an escort with fixed bayonets forced them to embark. Le Cocq then describes the severe shortages of food, clothing and footwear and fuel for the islanders. They used boiled sea water to get salt, and made sugar beet syrup, and tea from carrots, parsnips and sugar beet. the Black Market caused prices to soar. Le Cocq talks at length about the last winter of the Occupation, which was the worst for shortages of everything, and for the terribly cold and wet winter. There were robberies for food, and people used to take what food they had to bed with them for safety. Many animals, including dogs, were slaughtered by thieves. The Germans at the end of the war were starving and would walk fields for scraps of roots, cabbage or nettles. Le Cocq praises them for being generous with food when they had it earlier in the war. He goes into detail about the prices of various commodities during the Occupation. He says that people were desperate and lives were saved by the arrival of the Vega. He also mentions the convictions of three island policemen for robbery, and that there were so many people convicted that they had to take their turn to serve their prison sentence. He is particularly critical of the behaviour of the Irish. [Imperial War Museum - reference D10874]

Reference: L/F/437/B1/1

Date: 12 May 1945