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CIOS Jersey Invited To International Atlantic Wall Conference

To mark the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944, and the Battle of Normandy, the Fabrique de Patrimoines en Normandie, a public establishment for cultural cooperation, held an international conference entitled ‘Patrimonialiser une mémoire sensible : le Mur de l’Atlantique’ (‘Making the Atlantic Wall, a meaningful place of remembrance, part of our heritage’). The conference was organised in conjunction with Norway’s Museum Vest network of museums in Hordaland and took place at Abbaye-aux-Dames in Caen on June 3-4, 2016.

Representing CIOS Jersey at the conference was our Press officer Tony Pike. Over eighty delegates representing official government and museums and other interested parties from Norway to the Basque region in southern France were in attendance. Attendees included Emmanuelle Dormoy, Vice President for culture in Normandy, and François-Xavier Priollaud, Vice Président au Conseil Régional Normandie en charge des Affaires Internationales, who thanked the Society for visiting and for our presentation.

Tony gave a twenty minute photographic presentation explaining the history & function of the Society with our ongoing projects, guided tours, aspirations, and work with young people to learn about our unique WW2 Occupation history.

Compared to many of the Atlantic Wall fortifications, Jersey's are particularly well preserved and interpreted. We also have numerous and varied types in a small area which is a characteristic unique to the Channel Islands. Tony will be making further trips to the Atlantic Wall this year spreading the word about our unique and intact fortifications. This conference was an excellent opportunity for us, and has put Jersey firmly on the map to visit!

The Society thanks Xavier Souris at Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche here in Jersey for kindly putting us in touch with the conference organisers and we look forward to returning to France for the next one.

Island War Memorial and PT 509 Memorial Services

Bailiff William Bailhache and CIOS Jersey President Paul Burnal
Bailiff William Bailhache and CIOS Jersey President Paul Burnal | Photo: Tony Pike

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 Visit CIOS Bunker Sites

A group of German journalists visiting WW2 bunkers at Les Landes, Jersey

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.

2016 Events Calendar

CIOS Archives Evening
Wednesday 13th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
The Soldatenheims (Part 1) with Colin Isherwood
Wednesday 10th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 9th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
Heritage Festival
Guided walks 3rd, 23rd, and 24th
Various locations, see here for details
Repeat Visit to St. Malo Citadel
Saturday 16th
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Concrete in the Frame Winners Announced
Monday 2nd
6.00pm, Harbour Gallery St Aubin
Islands War Memorial Service
Sunday 8th
12:30pm, Noirmont Point
Liberation Day
Slave Workers Memorial Service
Monday 9th
Various locations, see press/flyer for details
Day Trip to Normandy
Saturday 6th
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Visit to Samarès Manor
Saturday 13th
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Jersey International Air Display
Thursday 8th
Batterie Machensen Guided Walk
Led by Martin Walton, details TBC
"Coastal Defences of Jersey Pre-WW2" with Ian Ronayne
Wednesday 5th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
Trinity Commando Raid Memorial Service
Friday 4th
Petit Port, near Egypt
"Norway, An Update" with Neil Walker
Wednesday 9th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
No meetings

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Trespass Warning

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.

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