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Episodes one and two of the Channel Islands Schools Radio Service series 'The German Occupation of the Channel Islands'. Episode one: The Invasion. Includes: Europe in 1939; who Hitler was and very briefly how the war started; the events which brought Britain and France into the war; the defeat of the allies in June 1940 and the evacuation of the Channel Islands - the experiences of Mr Harry Finn, caretaker of St Sampson's Junior School in Guernsey, and the party of children in his care, are described in some detail; the air-raid on St Peter Port; the arrival of the Germans in Jersey and Guernsey; Major Sherwill's meeting with the Germans in Guernsey; the white crosses and flags in Jersey. First broadcast on 14/01/1969. Written and Produced by Jean Maiden and Neil Adams. Episode two: Under German Control. Includes: description of what it was like after the Germans had taken over the islands; then two German voices are heard greeting each other in their native laguage and expressing their view that the war would soon be over and that Germany will have won; the feelings of the islanders under the occupying forces; Mrs Iris Bequet contibutes a story of the people's reactions and the rumours which were flying around at that time; the use of hotels and public buildings by the Germans; shortages of food, petrol and other goods - how the Germans went on shopping sprees and bought up all the goods to send back to their families in Germany; short explanation of the Battle of Britain and what it meant at that time; happenings in schools - how most children walked to schools, which started at 10am; John Rault tells of some of the ways in which the teachers solved the problem of being forced to teach German. First broacast 21/01/1969. [Copyright: States of Jersey]

Reference: R/03/G/1

Date: 14 January 1969 - 21 January 1969

Episodes three and four of the Channel Islands Schools Radio Service series 'The German Occupation of the Channel Islands'. Episode three: Alderney and Sark. Includes: Reasons why defence was impossible - small size and population; the islanders had the choice of either fleeing to England or staying to see what happened under German rule; under the Dame, Mrs Sybil Hathaway, the Sarkese decided to stay; they encountered the usual problems - lack of food, lack of news, and boredom; in some way things in Sark were better off that the other islands - the Dame kept the Germans in their place and the garrison was relatively small, but because of the remote position, getting supplies was an even greater problem than in Jersey or Guernsey; Alderney is much closer to France and it was feared that the Germans would turn it into a huge fortress and evacuate the population to France - they therefore decided to flee to England, and after some difficulties with transport they all left; the only reports available on Alderney during the occupation are from the occasional workmen sent over from Guernsey to assist the Germans; the liberation - Alderney had eventually become a concentration camp; before the liberation of France the slave workers had been sent to Germany and the remaining garrison were able to destroy most of the evidence before the British arrived, reducing Alderney to a shattered ruin; the liberation of Sark was a happier affair - two days after the liberation of Guernsey a boatfull of British soldiers went over to Sark; the Dame acted as interpreter and was put in charge of the German prisoners - she enjoyed herself making them dig up all the mines they had planted during the war! First broacast on 28/01/1969. Programme written and produced by Jean Maiden and Neil Adams. Episode 4: Escapes. Includes: the first Christmas during the occupation; the whole of France was occupied and the islanders became used to seeing the Germans about; people tried to be cheerful at Christmas despite food shortages; anyone who had a spare piece of land kept a pig, but as animal slaughter was forbidden it had to be done in secret; many young men thought of escaping to England and first we hear the story of an unsuccessful attempt by Dennis Vibert and then how he finally succeeded after many exhausting days at sea; an attempted escape by a group of Frenchmen from France to England but unfortunately they only got as far as Guernsey and were captured - their leader, François Scornet, was sent for trial in Jersey and was shot in the grounds of St Ouen's Manor; throughout 1941 the Germans were increasing all restrictions; all cars less than six years old were comandeered, with the best being sent to Germany and the rest crushed for scrap; finally a mention of the bunkers which were erected and can still be seen today. First broacast on 04/02/1969. [Copyright: States of Jersey]

Reference: R/03/G/2

Date: 28 January 1969 - 4 February 1969