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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Different models of WW2 German Wehrmacht vehicles presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum.

Different models of WW2 German Wehrmacht vehicles presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum.

Krupp Protze Kfz 70 truck,Sd.Kfz. 8 artillery tractor  and the German military band bus (Dennis Falcon No 11 bus was commandeered for the German military band during the Guernsey occupation ).
Renault FT 17 tank captured by Germans - Beutepanzer

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WW2 German recognition wooden models of Russian tanks

I found these WW2 German recognition wooden models of Russian tanks at the La Vallette Underground Military Museum (Guernsey, UK). These models were used by German soldiers during the Guernsey occupation for training purposes.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Model 12-pdr QF Gun (1902) at Cornet Castle (Guernsey)

At the turn of the Twentieth Century the Royal Navy was still Britain's first line of defence, even for the Channel Islands. However, a perceived threat was attacks on harbors by fast Motor Torpedo Boats.St. Peter Por, like others, was defended from this threat by the installation of 12-pounder Quick Firing guns. In 1902 two of these weapons were installed on the citadel of Castle Carnet along with two supporting Defence Electric Light (searchlight) positions.
Quick Firing guns used their recoil to return them automatically to their firing position, this saving much time in re-aiming. On the 12-Pounder QF, powerful coil springs and hydraulics were used to effect this process. Since the gun could now be fixed, gunners were able to stay in close and be sheltered by a steel shield.(Scale 1:15).

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

19th Century Artillery at the Cornet Castle (Guernsey)

The long French Wars left Britain exhausted. As for other forts, the various reports on Castle Cornet written for the Board of Ordinance and the War Department provide a general picture of neglect , with periodic flurries on repair and improvement.
Armament was often left unmounted, and until about 1870 was comprised of muzzle loaders. Traversing platforms for some guns were eventually built. In the early 1870s the technology was uprated by the provision of six 7in . Armstrong Rifled Muzzle Loading Guns (110-pounders) on the Cavalier battery. These provided the major armament until 1901 when they were replaced by two 12-pounder Quick Firing guns.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

German troops at the Cornet Castle (Guernsey)

During the German Occupation of the Channel Islands the Cornet castle was known as Stuzpunkt Hafenschloss (Strongpoint Harbour Castle). Through the Second World War it housed Luftwaffe flak (anti-aircraft) units. Many modifications were made to the castle during this period as the defences 
once again had to be brought up to date for modern warfare. Many structures from this period including personnel shelters and gun emplacements can still be seen today.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

WW2 toys presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum

WW2 toys presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum

Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess (Elastolin and Lineol 1930s)
Toy soldiers made from scrap lead heated and cast in moulds, sold to islanders at Baker's bazar in the Pollet.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Elastolin soldiers at the La Vallette Underground Military Museum

Elastolin soldiers at the La Vallette Underground Military Museum.This museum covers Guernsey's military history, including World War One and the German Occupation of the island from 1940 to 1945 during World War Two, as well as the island's own militia. Set in a complex of air-conditioned tunnels that were built by German forces as a fuel storage facility for their U-Boats, the museum is near La Vallette bathing pools and features various military and occupation memorabilia. For those interested in the German occupation of Guernsey, La Vallette Underground Military Museum offers a wide variety of exhibitions, displays and information on this time.

Crusaders at Cornet Castle in Guernsey

Crusaders at Cornet Castle in Guernsey.  Formerly a tidal island, like Lihou on the west coast of Guernsey, it was first fortified as a castle between 1206 and 1256, following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204.The wardenship of Geoffrey de Lucy (1225-6) has been identified as a time of fortification in the Channel Islands: timber and lead was sent from England for castle building in Guernsey and Jersey.At that time the structure consisted of a keep, a chapel, two courtyards and curtain walls.In 1338, when a French force captured the island,They besieged Cornet, capturing it on 8 September; the French then massacred the garrison of eleven men at arms and 50 archers.The island was retaken in 1340 and the castle was recaptured in August 1345 after a three-day attack by professional soldiers and the local militia.The French had spent their seven-year occupation improving the defences, including probably the barbican.In 1358 the French returned and again captured the castle, but they were evicted the following year and an island traitor was executed. 
These toy knights produced by Biplant.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

8.8 cm Flak 36 batteries at Guernsey

Mainly manned by Luftwaffe men of Flak Regiment 292, the multi purpose 8.8 cm Flak 36 were the main defense with a 7,500m effective range, located in six Guernsey Island batteries and controlled by radar direction finding equipment, backed up by 150 cm searchlights.Two batteries were to Fortress-quality positions; the remaining four were in field emplacements. L’Ancresse common has, in the middle of the golf course, the six gun Flak Battery Dolman, in concrete emplacements that could be used for a dual purpose as they commanded sea approaches with a 14,000m effective range. The crew room and ammunition store was below each open gun placement. The battery had its own Würzburg Dora radar position and command bunker. The plastic soldiers are produced by CTS.


Edler Schweizer Ritter Othon, Soldier and Diplomat, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

The Edler Schweizer Ritter Othon monument, Soldier and Diplomat,at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Otto de Grandson,also spelled Otton, Othon or Otho (c. 1238–1328), was the most prominent of the Savoyard knights in the service of Edward I, King of England. He was the closest personal friend of Edward, and shared the king's many interests. The son of Pierre, lord of Grandson near Lausanne, the young Otto travelled to England probably in the company of Peter II of Savoy in 1252, certainly not later than 1265. There he entered the service of King Henry III and by 1267 was placed in the household of Prince Edward. In return for likely service for Prince Edward at the battles of Lewes and Evesham he was rewarded with property at Queenhithe in London. In 1268 both prince and servant were knighted and in 1271 the latter accompanied his lord on the Ninth Crusade, where he served at Acre that year. According to one source, it was Otto, not Eleanor of Castile, who sucked the poison from the wounded Edward after an attempted assassination. In 1272 Otto was appointed an executor in Acre. Returning to England, he was a key household knight of King Edward I in his campaigns in Scotland and Wales, where he served as chief justiciar of Wales, based at Caernarfon Castle from 1284 to 1294. During the Welsh Wars of King Edward I Otto was very active diplomatically and militarily, beginning with the siege of Dolforwyn Castle in April 1277. On behalf of Edward, he concluded the Treaty of Aberconwy in November that brought the invasion of Wales in 1277 to an end. In 1278, he was appointed King's Lieutenant in the Duchy by Edward and sent to the Duchy of Gascony along with Robert Burnel. to reform the government He was also employed as a diplomat and gained contacts with most of the sovereigns of western Europe. During the second invasion of Wales in 1282–83 he narrowly escaped death at the battle of Moel-y-don before in April 1283 taking the town of Harlech at the head of 560 infantry. In 1283 he was briefly in the employ of Edmund Crouchback, the king's younger brother, for diplomatic work. It was said that no one could do the king's will better, including the king himself. He was appointed governor of the Channel Islands and in 1290 appointed a bailiff for each of the bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, giving them civil powers to administer the islands. In the spring of 1328, the ninety-year-old knight set out tor one last trip to Rome. Close to Aigle, he was taken ill. On 5 April 1328, he died.