A ceremony took place at Jersey's War Memorial at Noirmont Point headland yesterday, which was attended by Chief Minister Ian Gorst, Bailiff William Bailhache, St Brelade Constable Steve Pallett, and Deputies Murray Norton and Graham Truscott.
Also a superb PT 509 memorial service organised by Alex Fearn took place, which was attended by Task Force 135 reenactors lead by Ricky Le Quesne and Simon Dodkins. Special thanks go to the Jersey Museum for the loan of the PT 509 artifacts, and to John Ovenden, who has written an authoritative book on the action which took place less than a mile off Noirmont Point on the 9th August 1944.
German journalists from newspapers Münstersche Zeitung, RND Redaktionsnetzwerk, Der Tagesspiegel, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Frankfurter Nue Press, and Nordwestzeitung were given a guided tour around CIOS Jersey sites MP-3, Fl 242, and Batteries Moltke and Lothringen over the past few days.
They also visited Jersey War Tunnels, Faulkner Fisheries, The Wetlands Centre with Jon Parkes and had lunch at El Tico with John Nettles. The visit was organised by Visit Jersey and Simon Watkins.
Thanks to CIOS members Tony Pike, Shane Boschat, and Gerry Knight for opening the bunkers for our VIP guests.
We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural "Concrete In The Frame" student art competition for 2016. We received nearly a hundred entries from Jersey students and saw many fantastic new pieces of art. Winners and runners-up in each category have won cash prizes and one year memberships in the Society. Entries were judged by artist Ian Rolls and photographer Tony Pike.
All images are now on display at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin.
Below are the rest of the winning images along with comments from the judges.
From Tony Pike: "The standard of the photography has been very high, with close attention given to shape and detail, with some equally imaginative impressions giving a new look to our Fortifications. Melanie Dixon’s series of pictures has given us an impressive technicolour sandwich of some of our most unique fortifications, and deservedly receives an Applied Art prize."
From Ian Rolls: "Melanie’s four striking images are quite remarkable bearing in mind she is only 10 years old! The use of complimentary colours both within each view and the colour and form relationships of the composition of all four views together is worthy of an experienced artist. A very modern interpretation of a historical subject."
From Tony Pike: "Moses has really made a striking image here by darkening down the sky, and using the form of the fortification to create a ‘picture frame’ looking towards Sark in the background. On close study, one can even see a lounge chair and a lamp-stand, that has been taken to the fortification specially for the photograph! This is even more commendable, as there is no vehicle access onto the common, and must have been carried there almost half a mile. Other pictures that have been provided in his Album, show a very high competence of photography for his age, so extremely well done Moses!"
From Tony Pike: "Unusual but effective picture of the K2 Jäger entrance defence position, at Strongpoint Corbiere. Skewing the camera diagonally, he has created a striking image that really catches the eye. Good imagination displayed here. Very well done Cameron."
From Tony Pike: "There can be nothing that really sums up the competition than some truly original artwork from the Germans themselves! Oliver is also very keen and information hungry for our unique history which is an example to us all. Well done Oliver."
From Ian Rolls: "Ruben’s first prize winning entry is a powerful evocation of the massive form and weathered surface texture that characterize German Fortifications. I particularly like the use of directional line that describes the various surfaces and the accentuation of the abstract elements of the structure, by the up-close perspective, the limited use of colour and free brushwork in the sky."
From Ian Rolls: "Claudia’s picture is a delightfully upbeat and original interpretation of the undeniably oppressive form of a bunker. She brings her femininity, sensitivity and a sense of joyful colour to the subject, even making the barbed wire in the corner look like fairy lights! I particularly like the blue bubbles coming out of the vents, giving an underwater feel to the subject."
From Tony Pike: "A stunning impression of the Kriegsmarine MP3 Observation & Radar Tower at Strongpoint Butts, Les Landes St Ouen. Taken at sunset, with those menacing cloudy skies but with a glimmer of light and hope on the horizon, this picture conjures up many thoughts. One wonders if the Germans themselves looked from the same place on a similar evening seventy plus years ago with thoughts of home that was being bombed around the clock. Yes, a thought provoking image that has been well composed and exposed! A deserving senior category winner, so extremely well done Benjamin."
From Tony Pike: "Emily has shown her ability of working around the subject, using light and shape capturing some really interesting shadows and form. Detail of reinforcing bars and the broken concrete also makes an impression. Printed in black & white, these pictures caught my eye for the attention to detail. Well done Emily!"
A word of warning to those who may wish to visit the Channel Islands’ Occupation sites. Most of the bunkers, gun pits and defences are on private property, and if you want to have a look, first obtain permission from the owner. Do not enter without a strong torch or lamp. There are different designs of defences that, from the outside look the same, but once inside, passages may descend without warning. Also wellington boots may be needed as over fifty years of dirt and dust will have blocked up the drains. We would warn you that bunkers on the coast will have been used as unofficial toilets - so beware! Young persons should not enter without an adult, as many bunkers have awkward steps and hidden ducts that can trip the unwary. Bunkers and tunnels that are sealed have been blocked up for this reason and for no other - those of you who hope to find an “Aladdin’s Cave” of war relics are too late, having been beaten to it by the scrap metal drive of the early 1950s.