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Channel Islands Occupation Society Tape 1- 1) Scars on the Landscape-a Michael Ginns production concerning the fortifications left by the Germans after the occupation in Jersey and the need to preserve them. Includes an introduction to the island, their tactical position and the fortifications used up until the Napoleonic Wars, takes a tour around the island putting german fortifications and defence positions in comparison to the way they like in 1984, studies the fortifications and the interest that they arouse when placed in context, looks at the dumping of weapons and destroying of fortifications at the close of the occupation, the realisation of islanders that certain items that were being destroyed were irreplaceable, the Channel Islands Occupation Society being set up and put in charge of a number of bunkers to preserve them in the proper manner and the fact that German fortifications and defences form a part of Jersey's history-26 minutes 2) The German Occupation Railways of Jersey-1941-1946-a Michael Ginns and David Bishop production concerning the railways built in Jersey during the German Occupation. Includes an introduction to the history of railways in the island and their replacement by the bus systems, the building of forts by the Organisation Todt and the need to transport large quantities of concrete around the island quickly, the construction of railways and their routes around the island, evidence of the railways today, the reopening of quarries and the need to extend the railways to reach them, the trains and wagons that were used in the island during the occupation and a picture of the last full size steam locomotive running in Jersey-26 minutes.

Reference: L/D/25/J2/1

Date: 1984

Dr A C Bishop talking about Dr Klüpfel, the german geologist who was conscripted to Jersey in August 1941, to the Channel Islands Occupation Society. Klüpfel studied the geology of the island druring the occupation and assited the German forces in the siting and building of tunnels and strongpoints.His notebooks were discovered in the 1970s and much information were gained from theseat the Institute of Geological Sciences. Dr Klüpfel wrote predominately geology in notebooks but also scraps of military information. He was billeted in room 80 at the Grand Hotel. A number of different topics in the islands were investigated by him. Sand and gravel were needed for concrete and he made a surveys of beaches of the island to estimate how much sand and gravel could be taken. Coastal studies included most of beaches of the island and record very accurately the composition and size of gravel. Klüpfel visited most of the quarries in the island and wrote about the potential of each. He suggested possible sites for the Organisation Todt camps in the North of Island and investigated whether enough water would be available to house the OT workers. Early 42 first mention of the power station at Tesson Mill-needs discussed by Dr Klüpfel. Studied tunnels in the island.Especially involved in those of St Peter's Valley, Mushroom Tunnel, German Underground Hospital, Grands Vaux and St Aubin's tunnels. Lists firms involved in drilling in Channel Islands. Wrote reports on tunnels. Military installations sited according to military and not geological thoughts (bad quality of recording). Need for water at strongpoints and Klüpfel looked at the needs for different sites. Drainage problems of camps and strongpoints. 23rd April 1944 last dated entry. Unknown when he left the island. Next heard of in 1946 in post war correspondence. Bishop states he had a big affect on defences in Channel Islands. Questions and answers at close of speech.

Reference: L/D/25/L/5

Date: 21 September 1978

Talk by Willi Hagedorn, german naval signals officer, on the German raid of Granville to the Channel Islands Occupation Society [Guernsey]. Talk includes reference to the situation on the French coast in 1944 and the defences used by St Malo and the island of Cezembre, the surrender of St Malo but the maintenance of the post at Cezembre, the weapons on Cezembre, a mission to Cezembre to re-establish contact and givem them new supplies, the permission of Huffmeier to surrender Cezembre, the use of a different island as an observation post, the escape of 5 German POWS to this island and then to Jersey and Guernsey, Huffmeier asking the German soldiers if a raid on Granville would be possible, idea passed to Graf von Schmettow, the plan in full-the objective to take a coal ship and tow it back to the Channel Islands and to take American officers captive, the cancellation of the first raid in February 1945, second raid on Granville planned for the follwing month, the result of the raid-55 german prisoners rescued and a dozen American officers captured, cranes destroyed and a coal ship captured, Hagedorn's opinion why the operation was successful. Questions asked by the audience concerning whether an American ship was sunk, the American officers taken prisoner, street fighting in Granville, resistance, how the first went undetected, lack of reaction, a third raid that was planned, how many men got ashore, who was manning the lighthouse, where Hagedorn was during the two raids, where the ships left from, the amount of ships involved, whether anyone knew the proximity of the SHAEF Headquarters, the availability of aircraft for reconnaissance, how many radio stations there were in Guernsey, the different transmitters used by the german navy and army and equivalent stations in Jersey. Hagedorn continues to talk of a third raid carried out by the army on Cherbourg to blow up a railway bridge, leaving in April 1945, moving to Cherbourg to undertake the mission but failing to do so. Officer in command failed and so mission failed. Questions on how the troops were dressed, guns from Alderney firing on peninsula, vehicles guns were moved on, the location of a ship during the occupation and receiving messages from Berlin.

Reference: L/D/25/L/23

Talk by Willi Hagedorn, a german naval signals officer, concerning the island of Cezembre to the Channel Islands Occupation Society. Introduction by the President of the Channel Islands Occupation Society. Talk covers the defence situation on the coast of France, the value of Cezembre and the weapons held at Cezembre, the defence of St Malo, lack of radio communication with Cezembre and uncertainty at its position, boasts sent out from Channel Islands to check situation, lack of supplies, situation on Cezembre, mission to provide supplies, propaganda drops by the American air force, the cyphering of messages, a doctor going to Cezembre, the shooting of a destroyer from Cezembre and the subsequent continuous shelling of the island, nothing left to defend-call for permission to surrender, attempt to evacuate the island, permission granted to surrender the island by Admiral Huffmeier and the subsequent confirmation by Berlin and the last action. Questions asked concerning the number of boats lost in a storm, about the rescue ships, strength of the garrison at Cezembre, the island of Cezembre now, the size of Cezembre, escapes from St Malo, the value of the island, the day of surrender, the different proficiencies of the army and navy cypher and wireless operators, when he thought the German cause was lost, feeling on the island at D-Day, radio systems used, listening in on the British messages, the story of mistaking barrage balloons for an attack force and the weapons situation on Alderney. Closing of the meeting.

Reference: L/D/25/L/24

Date: 8 April 1987

Postcard of Portelet Bay (coloured)

Reference: L/F/02/11

Date: 1890 - 1910