Talk by Major Frank Sargent of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps to the Channel Islands Occupation Society on the clearing Jersey of German relics after the occupation. Talks about his pleasure at being in Jersey, explains how the RAOC is a part of the army responsible for supplying it with everything it needs apart from food, fuel and transport, the different depots that make up the RAOC, the fact that Ordnance Beach Detachments accompanied the invasion and supported them, in the summer of 1943 numbers 16 and 17 Ordnance Beach Detachments were formed of which Sargent was in no 17, assault training in Scotland, left there whilst the invasion was taking place, being posted as second in command in 16, Ordnance Beach Detachment No 16 being attached to Force 135 and renamed Force 135 Field Ordnance Depot, coming to the Channel Islands to serve the liberation forces and to clear up the German arms that were left, most of the Field Ordnance Depot going to Guernsey and Sargent volunteering to come to Jersey to sort out the local depot, being asked for a report on the situation by the Lieutenant Governor General Sir Edward Grasset in October 1945, talks about stores of german equipment at Beaumont, La Collette, Fort Regent, Springfield Stadium, The Espanade, German Underground Hospital with lists of the amount of weapons, vehicles and equipment collected, a body known as the London Munitions Assignment Board being given first call on all usable german equipment, being told to destroy all german war potential with a wish to cleanse the island, all big guns being destroyed with only some smaller guns being kept at Mont Orgueil Castle, pushing guns into the bay at Les Landes where one has now been brought up and put at Noirmont, some cut up and reused for metal, some put in tunnels in St Peter's Valley and exploded and left in there, the ammunition was loaded into tank landing craft at Gorey and St Aubin and dumped in Hurd's Deep, a deep area off the Cherbourd Peninsula, unstable ammunition blown up at St Ouen's Bay with help from german prisoners of war. Michael Ginns comments on tanks that were taken back to France, the weapons at Mont Orgueil Castle which were later presented to the Société Jersiaise and specifies where the guns were in the tunnel at St Peter's Valley. Question about some equipment that went to South Africa and the range finder at Noirmont Command Bunker. Slides being shown with Major Sargent and Michael Ginns commenting on them including remarks on the gun at Noirmont, vehicles, weapons, ammunition being blown up on the sand dunes, an accident with the ammunition, loading ammunition onto ships and at sea, Fort Regent, Les Landes and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, guns that were blown up the tunnels in St Peter's Valley, th bunker at Corbière, Springfield, a steam roller and the Albert Pier.

Reference: L/D/25/L/55

Date: October 19th 1979 - October 19th 1979

Talk to the Channel Islands Occupation Society by Eric Walker about minefield clearance-very poor sound quality

Reference: L/D/25/L/59

Date: October 11th 1995 - October 11th 1995

Patrick Bouchere talks about his newspaper collection, which he started collecting in 1975, to the Channel Islands Occupation Society. He mentions Items of interest within the collection and a summary of what was in the Evening Posts for 5 years. Talks of the condition of his newspapers and storage that they were kept within. Deterioration led to photocopies being made. Praise for Evening Posts, continuing to publish throughout almost the entire occupation. Going through years and picking out amusing, upsetting and interesting stories. These include that of Ellen Baker who collected 3000 cigarettes for HMS Jersey in 1939, story of people in internment camps including brother in law Michael Ginns, propaganda during the occupation through the Evening Post. Fires at Maison Charles, Bel Royal and St Ouen's Manor that the Germans helped to extinguish, burial of air force personnel during the occupation, signing of german orders, Graf von Schmettow, dwindling of number of pages in Evening Posts as a result of a lack of paper, weeklys returned soon after occupation, German orders, size of newspapers, exchange and mart columns. Talks of the changes in Jersey and lists names of companies that hadn't changed since the occupation, preparations for war, bombing by the Germans in Channel Islands, raising of income tax, closure of shops to take stock, price fixing by States, new pictorial stamps in Jersey for the first time, selling of salt and hot water in 1944, Granville Raid by the German soldiers from Jersey, events at the liberation, return of Francois Scornet's body to France, Red Cross Letters. Questions about collection of electric fires, cuttings of newspapers, printing of newspapers, collection of salt water, funerals, collectors of Evening Posts

Reference: L/D/25/L/6

Mr Ted Syvret of Leoville Farm, St Ouen talking to the CIOS about his memories on growing up on the family farm during the occupation. Talks about the diary kept by his father, the position of Léoville in St Ouen, bunkers in St Ouen, the farm at Léoville and its history, position, size, crops, livestock and buildings, the Syvret family living on the farm, speaking Jersey french, the neighbourhood, work of the farming community and the sharing of work, his background, his childhood years, comparison with granddaughter today, decision of family to stay in Jersey bfore the occupation, explanation of his father's diaries and reads some extracts from Easter 1942, seeing german soldiers for the first time and on parade, hearing aeroplanes during the night, taking potatoes to town, the air raid on the harbour, work on the stables, attempted trench digging in front garden of property by the germans, beginning of the felling of trees for fuel, working with hay, everything agricultural being done by hand, keeping food aside for people, collecting wheat, using the lawn to plant tobacco, placing alarms on the pantry to stop OT labourers stealing food, slaughtering of a cow, self sufficiency in vegetables, the growing and use of sugarbeet and potato flour, making butter, collecting rabbit food, hatching of chicks, improvisations when farming, pumping water in the back garden and the use of an outside toilet, entertainment for the children looking for spent ammunition, St Ouen's Central School, the school air raid shelter, diseases at school, comparison between town and country, stamps received from Ralph Mollet, a British aeroplane flying over and firing taking place requiring them to take shelter, D-Day activity, 14th June 1944 a plane going down, travelling with his father to visit his grandparents, collecting the red cross parcels and the difference between the parcels, the unfinished railway track that ran through some of the fields, guns and german soldiers at Greve de Lecq, the appearance of swastikas and german road signs, liberation, listening to the radio at George Baudain's house, being told to lower the flag as it was raised too early, May 8th his father's diary stopped with 'Jerry surrenders-no more work this week', going to town to celebrate the liberation, arrival of the british troops and he reads a report by B C Le Masurier, secretary to the St Ouen's Agricultural Society, on the liberation. Questions on the clothes and shoes worn by children during the occupation and improvisations used, an explosion at Commercial Buildings at liberation, memories of the German agricultural inspections, a german officer, transport to St Martin and Trinity and growing tobacco. Announcement about the making of a documentary film on the occupation.

Reference: L/D/25/L/64

Date: April 10th 2002 - April 10th 2002

Francisco Font talking to the Channel Island Occupation Society [Jersey] about when he was arrested during the second world war in France and was sent to La Rochelle and then to Jersey with 1500 other Republican Spaniards. He had been living in exile in France since Franco had come to power. He was kept in various camps including at Fort Regent and Lager Immelmann. He was sent to Alderney in October 1943 with 5 other Spaniards including Pascual Pomar, because when at a camp in Gorey a Spainiard who was delivering bread threw a loaf of bread to him and german soldiers saw him hiding something and he said he'd stolen it. He was beaten up by German OT's and taken back to camp and was then taken to Fort Regent and then taken to Guernsey for 4 or 5 days and was then sent to Alderney. He was put in Lager Alderney No 2, remained in Alderney until 2 days after d-day when he was taken to Guernsey. He remembers being fed in Guernsey, with Raymond Falla trying to give them food but the germans made him throw it in and feed them like dogs. He was then taken to Jersey and was going to be transported to France but because of d-day remained in Jersey till the end of the war. He told the british authorities what heppened to them on liberation day at a joint British/Soviet enquiry at the British Hotel. Alderney asked for details of people being kept in a tunnel in the camp for 15 to 20 minutes, all Jewish prisoners. Describing atrocities whilst working at the harbour, saw Societ POWs working without shoes on, one russian was using paper bags on feet for shoes when a German SS shot him through the head. Remembers seeing a British bomber crashing near to Alderney but the german soldiers didn't find any surviving British soldiers. At Lager Sylt he saw a russian being hung for stealing bread. Describes their treatment and the occasion that a german soldier called everyone together for christmas and told them they had cards for christmas and then threw them on the fire. Lager Sylt-the different uniforms the prisoners wore. Talks of the food they had-'cabbage soup without cabbage'. Describes the amount of food they ate, the hours that they worked, the guards in the camp, the ordinary prisoners talking to those from Lager Sylt, conversations they had with other prisoners, russians jumping into the sea after rubbish had been thrown in to get food and then got beaten by guards. He never saw prisoners being thrown into the sea. Remembers a Chinese prisoner in the camp. He describes the huts in the camp and the conditions they lived in, the clothes that they wore, infestations of lice, illness in the camp and treatment. Remembering the doctors including Dr Dreyfus. He discusses the French women with the Germans but cannot remember them from a photograph that he was shown. He is asked about the escape of a prisoner from Lager Sylt and his eventual capture and death, volunteers from Belgium. Talks of being liberated in Jersey, then in September 1945 being taken to Guernsey by the British with the intention of being returned to France. He had met his future wife, Kathleen Fox, in Jersey and she came to Guernsey. They decided to get married in Guernsey but an application was refused. When they were liberated from Guernsey he asked his friends to answer his name at the roll call and hid for two days after they left and then presented himself to the authorities. Talked to Major Cotton who gave him money to send a telegram to Kathleen's father to ask permission to marry his daughter. He went to the Greffe in Guernsey to get married and got married after a week. He stayed in Guernsey until 1951 as Jersey authorities refused to let him come back and work in Jersey. In 1950 he became a British subject and was allowed to come to Jersey and has been in Jersey ever since. He still visits Alderney every year to pay tribute to the people who died and does not happy memories of his days in Alderney.

Reference: L/D/25/L/65

Channel Islands Occupation Society AGM 1982. Introduction to meeting. Ceremony in which Jersey Heritage Trust Chairman Brigadier Lempriere Robin discusses the creation of the Trust, its aims and objectives and wishes to encourage the Channel Islands Occupation Society in continuing their work by offering a cheque for £2,400 for assisting in the continuation of the work. Thanks from Channel Islands Occupation Society President for money-going towards furthering learning publications.

Reference: L/D/25/L/8

Date: February 10th 1982 - February 10th 1982

2 copies of 'Deported' a BBC Radio Jersey programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the deportation of Channel Islanders presented by Beth Lloyd. Figures of numbers deported from the Channel Islands. Michael Ginns, president of the CIOS interviewed giving reasons for deportations, quotes from local residents about their first impressions of the deportation process, hearing in the Evening Post, being served deportation notices, preparing in a short time, putting businesses in order, packing, transportation to the harbour, people being checked by the doctor, details of 3 seperate deportations and difficulties with them, people being turned back as a result of the ships being full, homes of those being evacuated been broken into, turn out of population to see the islanders off, problems among the crowd against the Germans, experiences on the journey to the internment camps by boat to St Malo and by train to Germany, arriving in Biberach, description and experiences of Biberach Internment Camp, journey to and description of bad state of Wurzach, lack of privacy, difficulties in hygiene, allocation of rooms and mixture of people, Red Cross parcels, lack of clothes and shoes, health in the camp, single men sent to Laufen, Roy Skingle and other internees speak of their experiences, party of Guernsey residents came to Laufen from Dorsten, food situation, roll calls, recreation, entertainments, games, work, education, Pat Abernethy talks of problems in Wurzach, weakness of leadership, inspection by Protecting Powers, escapes, variety shows, concerts, dances, repatriation of the sick to England and the Channel Islands, liberation of Wurzach on April 28th 1945 by the French, liberation of Laufen by the Americans on May 4th 1945, deaths of the Channel Islanders in the internment camps and a list of those taking part in the programme. Advertisement for the deportation exhibition at the Jersey Museum with the Mayor of Bad Wurzach interviewed on the history between Jersey and the town and calling for the twinning of St Helier and Bad Wurzach, Michael Ginns and Joan Coles remembering helpfulness of residents and need for links with the town, interviewees remembering their visits back to Laufen

Reference: L/D/25/L/9

Date: September 13th 1992 - September 13th 1992

Photocopies of the earliest issues of Signal-the monthly newsletter of the German Occupation Society, Guernsey branch with articles, rules of the society, quizzes, reminders of forthcoming events and reports of the monthly meetings.

Reference: L/D/25/M4/25

Date: 1966 - 1970

Two issues of Signal, the early review of the Channel Islands Occupation Society (Guernsey) including notes on news of interest, findings, articles and a selection of occupation poems

Reference: L/D/25/M4/26

Date: 1967 - 1968

Autograph Book kept by Margaret Ginns, née Bouchere, during the German occupation and especially when she was a student nurse at the Jersey General Hospital, from August 1944 to May 1945. The book includes some personal items, the signatures of a crew member of HMS Beagle, Joe Jones; Theo Krausen, but added when he was 'discovered' at Batterie Lothringen, Noirmont in 1982; Newell Younggren, captured in his pyjamas by the Germans at Granville, 09/03/45; Armand Dubois, an American POW who was being treated for wounds at the Jersey General Hospital in August 1944, having been captured at St Malo; Captain C Hargreaves, No 20 Civil Affairs Unit; Captain Nichol; John Anderson, the UNRRA captured at Granville March dated 09/05/1945; Major Frank Sargent, RAOC, Force 135, during his visit to Jersey in 1980; Second Officer of the Vega; Peter Holt and Philip Congdon, RAF, added 27/04/1983; signatures from the anniversary of the liberation, May 1984; A Jansson, Captain of the Vega; Thomas Tait, ex US PC 564 revisiting Alderney in December 1986 and some german signatures including Willi Hagedorn from 1987.

Reference: L/D/25/M4/29

Date: 1944 - 1987

Autograph Book containing signatures from the reconciliation reunion of American, German and British naval personnel who served in Channel Island waters during the second world war

Reference: L/D/25/M4/31

Date: October 5th 1987 - October 7th 1987

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