Recollection of the attack at La Rocque
Bernard Robert survived being in the middle of the German attack on La Rocque on 28 June 1940. He recalled the experience for the Jersey Evening Post in April 1995:
- "One find summer evening in 1940 my pal, Gerald Le Marrec, and I, with my sister, then Mary Robert, and her friend Yvonne Hamon, were sitting on the sea wall near La Rocque when three planes approached. They were low enough for us to see their markings clearly and when they were almost overhead, Gerald said:'Look at the black crosses on their wings'. 'They're probably ambulance planes,' I replied innocently. Then we heard a piercing whistle and a bomb exploded behind the wall on the opposite side of the slip. The blast and shrapnel were diverted by the thick granite wall but we were all blown to the ground.
- "Through the thick black smoke and dust, I saw Gerald's mother running and calling for him. Mr Adams, who lived at Harbour View, was lying face down at his front door, with his wife trying desperately to help him, and our friend The Major was lying terribly injured. My sister and I, dazed and deafened, followed Yvonne to her house, through the arch, where her mother told us to lie under the bed as planes had returned to strafe the roads with machine gun fire. For the next two nights we slept in the fields, away from the houses, as we had heard rumours that all houses were to be bombed.