Constructing the coastal fortifications

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Constructing coastal defences


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A German rangefinder operator in one of the newly completed installations


This set of previously unpublished pictures, taken by an official German photographer in the early months of the Occupation, shows work under way on constructing the defences which would eventually form part of Adolph Hitler's 'Atlantic Wall'. The collection, sent to us by a private collector, also includes some photographs taken in Guernsey, and a number of other photographs depicting other aspects of life in the islands under German occupation, not necessarily taken by the same photographer. It is known that some of these pictures are in the collection of the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, but copies of many of them are known to exist in several extensive private collections


Portelet

Many of the photographs were taken at Batterie Moltke above Portelet, and on the Noirmont cliffs above the bay, in 1941

2017 pictures of restored installation Batterie Moltke

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Elizabeth Castle 1941

Guernsey

Sundry images

And it's all over - the Royal Proclamation of Jersey's Liberation read in the Royal Square
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