The German ultimatum
These were the terms of the German ultimatum dropped from the air on Jersey on the morning of 1 July 1940:-
To the Chief of the Military and Civil Authorities, Jersey (St Helier).
- 1 I intend to neutralize military establishments in Jersey by occupation.
- 2 As evidence that the Island will surrender the military and other establishments without resistance and without destroying them, a large White Cross is to be shown as follows, from 7 am, July 2nd, 1940
- a In the centre of the air port in the East of the Island
- b On the highest point of the fortifications of the port
- c On the square to the north of the Inner Basin of the Harbour
- Moreover all fortifications, buildings, establishments and houses are to show the White Flag
- 3 If these signs of peaceful surrender are not observed by 7 am, July 2nd, heavy bombardment will take place
- a Against all military objects
- b Against all establishments and objects useful for defence
- 4 The signs of surrender must remain up to the time of the occupation of the Island by German troops
- 5 Representatives of the Authorities must stay at the air port until the Occupation
- 6 All Radio traffic and other communication with Authorities outside the Island will be considered hostile actions and will be followed by bombardment
- 7 Every hostile action against my representatives will be followed by bombardment
- 8 In case of peaceful surrender; the lives, property, and liberty of peaceful inhabitants are solemnly guaranteed
The Commander of the German Air Forces in Normandy, RICHTHOFEN, General.