Commerative coin from Jersey

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Commerative coin from Jersey

This penny coin was given to visitors to Jersey to commemorate the liberation of the island from German occupation in 1945. Kathleen remembers visiting as a child in the early 1950s and being given the coin on arrival.

When the Germans occupied France in 1940, the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey asked the War Office what would be done to protect Jersey from the Germans. On 17 June 1940, the decision was made that Jersey would not be defended. All troops and military equipment were to be removed from the island. On the 28 June 1940, the Germans bombed St. Helier harbour and La Rocque. Once the Germans knew the islands were undefended, they immediately occupied them.

Jersey was occupied until the island was liberated on 9 May 1945.




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