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Extract from a report about the German occupation of Jersey, June 29th 1940

Catalogue ref: FO 371/24392

They escaped undetected by the Germans. They were at sea about 35 hours, having had a great deal of engine trouble.

They brought with them a map of Jersey, upon which they had marked with ammunition dumps, gun emplacements, W/T posts, barracks, and the German GHQ. They also brought a number of letters from people in Jersey, who helped them to escape, addressed to relatives in this country.

They gave the following information about conditions on the island.

  1. There are about 1000 German troops in Jersey.
  2. Parachute troops, recognisable by their badges, prominent.
  3. Morale of German soldiers not very high. They are unenthusiastic and listless.
  4. The day following the aerial battles in which 140 German planes were destroyed, 6 German pilot officers committed suicide rather than take the air.
  5. Civilians as a whole well treated by the Germans, who are trying hard to make friends with them, with little success.
  6. Two-thirds of all foodstuffs requisitioned [taken without any choice] and sent to France.
  7. Aerodrome of St Pierre extensively used by German bombers, fighters and troop carriers. The planes are parked in wheat fields surrounding the aerodrome and the wheat is used for camouflaging them. Planes to and from France never rise more than about 100 ft above the water.
  8. Very few restrictions on activities of civilians; they may listen to the BBC news in English or French. There is a curfew at 2300 hrs.
  9. A group of ex-service men on the island is planning to blow up the aerodrome.
  10. The Golf course at Gronville Bay is being used as a landing ground for fighter craft.

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