Letters from the War Office to Madeleine Louise Norman

Reference: L/C/319/A2/5

Date: 1942 - 1943

Letter from S G H, Officer in Charge at Room 055 at the War Office, Whitehall to Miss M L Norman [Madeleine Louise Norman] of 11 Oppidans Road, London regarding the arrangement of an interview.

Reference: L/C/319/A2/5/1

Date: November 2nd 1942 - November 2nd 1942

Letter from S G H, Officer in Charge at Room 055 at the War Office, Whitehall to Miss M L Norman [Madeleine Louise Norman] of 11 Oppidans Road, London informing her that her letter dated 7 May 1943 had been passed to the appropriate quarter.

Reference: L/C/319/A2/5/2

Date: May 10th 1943 - May 10th 1943

Letter from S G H, Officer in Charge at Room 055 at the War Office, Whitehall to Miss M L Norman [Madeleine Louise Norman] of 11 Oppidans Road, London updating her on the status of her offer, stating that her services were unlikely to be utilised due to her age.

Reference: L/C/319/A2/5/3

Date: May 18th 1943 - May 18th 1943

Letter from the War Office, Curzon Street House, Curzon Street, London to Mrs N Connor [Mary Connor, née Audrain] of 4 Longman Road, Barnsley, Yorkshire regarding a broadcast from the German European Service on 17 November 1944 from Private B Connor. Requests information regarding the service particulars of the soldier to whom the broadcast refers.

Reference: L/C/350/A/2

Date: November 18th 1943 - November 18th 1943

Photocopies of the 'Popular Guide to the German Army: Part 2-The Infantry Division, Part 3-Air-borne Troops and Part 5-Reconnaissance Units' prepared by the General Staff of the War Office

Reference: L/D/25/D2/8

Date: April 30th 1941 - October 31st 1941

Plans of Beaumont West Tunnel created by the Germans during the occupation and copied from a War Office survey drawing from August 1962, scale 1:600, drawing no 2336-3

Reference: L/D/25/H/10

Date: August 28th 1962 - August 28th 1962

Plans of Beaumont East Tunnel created by the Germans during the occupation and copied from a War Office survey drawing from August 1962, scale 1:600, drawing no 2336-4

Reference: L/D/25/H/11

Date: August 28th 1962 - August 28th 1962

Plans of St Peter's Valley West Tunnel created by the Germans during the occupation and copied from a War Office survey drawing from August 1962, scale 1:600, drawing no 2336-5

Reference: L/D/25/H/12

Date: August 28th 1962 - August 28th 1962

Plans of St Peter's Valley East Tunnel created by the Germans during the occupation and copied from a War Office survey drawing from August 1962, scale 1:600, drawing no 2336-6

Reference: L/D/25/H/13

Date: August 28th 1962 - August 28th 1962

Plans of Grands Vaux Central Tunnel created by the Germans during the occupation and copied from a War Office survey drawing from August 1962, scale 1:600, drawing no 2336-1

Reference: L/D/25/H/8

Date: August 28th 1962 - August 28th 1962

Plans of Grands Vaux South Tunnel created by the Germans during the occupation and copied from a War Office survey drawing from August 1962, scale 1:600, drawing no 2336-2

Reference: L/D/25/H/9

Date: August 28th 1962 - August 28th 1962

1) Programme entitled 'Summer 1940-Part One: The Distant War June 1st-19th' broadcast by Channel Television presented by Alastair Layzell. It covers the beginning of June 1940 when Britain had been at war for 9 months, peoplewere being encouraged to spend time in the Channel Islands but the war took a dramatic turn with the Germans pushing through Europe, background given on the Channel Islands, in Guernsey 1940 the bailiff was Victor Carey who was elderly and so Ambrose Sherwill, the attorney general, was given the job of running the island whilst Alexander Coutanche was in charge in Jersey. The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey Major General Harrison wrote to the War Office saying the island was virtually defenceless, uncertainty of what to do, some air raid precautions had been taken with the establishment of the Air Raid Patrol, everyone was issued with gas masks, realisation that war was on its way to the islands. On the morning of June 12th the War Cabinet decided to defend the islands but reversed the decision by the afternoon deciding on demilitarisation, the first contact with war was the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from St Malo. Islanders were asked to assemble yachts and Coutanche and the Commodore of St Helier Yacht Club W S Le Masurier organised crews to picking up the troops including Reg Nicolle and Bill Coom who talk of the enthusiasm for the operation, the blowing up of the loch gates, french citizens offering money to get on the ships, the courage of british nurses refusing to leave their ambulances and the terrible weather on the way home. Extract from Churchill speech telling about the situation in France. Activity at the airport with planes refuelling, Jersey Airways suspending services and helping the RAF, evacuating the staff and Charles de Gaulle refuelling in the island. War and Home Office still talking and life went on in Jersey. The Home Office invited islands to send a representative to England to discuss the possible evacuation of the islands. Jurat Edgar Dorey was sent and he and Markbreiter called the Ministry of Shipping in search of boats and when returning was given a letter telling the Lieutenant Governor to leave. The decision to demiltarise was announced in the States and the evacuation was to begin. 2) Programme called 'Summer 1940-Part 2: Evacuation June 20th-28th' broadcast by Channel Television presented by Alastair Layzell. References to the dilemma of evacuation, queuing to register at the Town Hall and the fact people changed their minds, the calming of the people by the Bailiff who said his family were staying and condemnation by Jurat Dorey for those leaving. Evacuees tell of their journey to Southampton and then to the north of England. The St John Ambulance in Guernsey helped with the sick and old. In Sark Dame Sybil Hathaway encouraged the inhabitants to stay on the island. In Alderney Judge Frederick French called a meeting where his residents decided to leave. George Baron tells of leaving on the spur of the moment and the St John Ambulance personnel from Guernsey went to Alderney to assist in the evacuation. Some of the evacuation was carried out by Jersey Airways as the airport was besieged by people trying to leave. There was a calm after the lieutenant governors left. At the Jersey Airport Bob Lawrence talks of breaking up the navigation equipment and sending it to Southampton. The Controlling Committee was set up in Guernsey and a member, Raymond Falla, talks about the evacuation of cattle from Alderney. On June 28th undecided whether the islands were defended the germans undertook air raids and eye witnesses describe seeing the air raids in Jersey and Guernsey leading to 44 deaths, 33 in Guernsey, 11 in Jersey. The BBC announced that day that the Channel Islands had been demilitarised ten days before but it was too late.

Reference: L/D/25/L/57

Date: June 19th 1980 - June 26th 1980

Copy of Intelligence from Cherbourg to Henry Dundas, Secretary of War

Reference: L/F/08/A/11

Date: November 27th 1793 - November 27th 1793

Letter from Mr B Johnston, Jersey to Obins regarding him leaving the War Office

Reference: L/F/08/A/7

Date: April 23rd 1786 - April 23rd 1786

Copy letter from the Lord Balcarres, Jersey to the Secretary of War Henry Dundas reporting on the fortunes of the Royalist and Republican armies in France

Reference: L/F/08/A/9

Date: November 22nd 1793 - November 22nd 1793

Bill sent from the War Office to Major General W F P Napier of Guernsey for the sum of £164

Reference: L/F/08/K/15

Date: November 27th 1844 - November 27th 1844

Original manuscript of Lest We Forget: Escapes and Attempted Escapes from Jersey during the German Occupation 1940 - 1945 by Roy Thomas.

Reference: L/F/341/A/1

Date: 1992 - 1992

Draft manuscript of Lest We Forget: Escapes and Attempted Escapes from Jersey during the German Occupation 1940 - 1945 by Roy Thomas.

Reference: L/F/341/A/2

Date: 1992 - 1992

Copy of a letter from Brigadier A E Snow, Officer Commanding Force 135 and Military Governor of the Channel Islands, to his wife Anne Snow in Clutton, Somerset. Provides account of travelling by air to England on a visit to London. [Copy from the Island Archives, Guernsey - reference AQ 954/05].

Reference: L/F/420/A1/7

Date: August 15th 1945 - August 15th 1945

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