Recording including copies of original BBC recordings made in 1945 about the liberation of the Channel Islands after 5 years of German Occupation. Includes: extract from Winston Churchill's speech of Tuesday 8th of May, BBC correspondent Douglas Wallace aboard HMS Bulldog at the surrender of the German forces in the Channel Islands, including a recording of the German surrender (Brigadier Snow and Major General Heine) and the crowds in St Peter Port at the liberation singing 'Sarnia Cherie' and 'God Save the King'. Then talks to Guernsey residents Dr Alistair Rose about the health of the population, Mrs Laker about children's evacuations, and Dr Sutcliffe about crystal radio sets. The commander of HMS Beagle then sums up his experience of the liberation. Broadcast of Alexander Coutanche speaking shortly after the liberation, addresses evacuees, deportees and prisoners of war awaiting return to the island and talks about the problems the islanders had endured. Excerpts from a BBC recording covering the visit of the King and Queen to Jersey in 1945. Unknown speaker, possibly Brigadier Snow, talking from Guernsey in August 1945. The recording was made in January 1993 by Mr Ron Skinner of Waters Edge, Le Bourg, St Clement, and copied on 21/07/1995 by the Jersey Heritage Trust. Good sound quality (orginal recordings are crackly), duration approximately 40 mins.




1945 - 1945


Skinner, Ron
Churchill, Winston
Wallace, Douglas
Snow, Alfred Ernest, Brigadier
Heine, Major-General
Rose, Alistair, Dr
HMS Beagle
HMS Bulldog
Coutanche, Lord Alexander Moncrieff, 1892 - 1973, Bailiff of Jersey, 1935-1961


oral history | sound | Occupation | Liberation | Second World War | surrenders | broadcasts | Royal Visits | Guernsey


1 audio cassette



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