After the Liberation

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Evacuees' applications to return

There are many versions, both photographs and paintings, of this iconic image of German prisoners-of-war being made to queue on the beach near Elizabeth Castle to be taken away by landing craft, but this one, taken on 19 May 1945, is the only known photograph by an amateur photographer (name unknown) who had kept some film throughout the Occupation to be used on Liberation Day, and the days which followed
A grand Liberation fete in 1951

Force 135

The next set of photographs, taken in the days immediately following the Liberation, show members of Force 135, the army unit sent to help start Jersey on the route back to normal life. Some of them were taken by members of Force 135, others by the Evening Post and other local photographers

Islanders pose for a happy photograph with some of their liberators
Visit of Field Marshal Montgomery in 1947

Liberation celebration

A 21st century Liberation anniversary celebration on the beach at West Park

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