Jersey Military History Tours - Specialist

Our Jersey military history specialist tours are devised for the military history enthusiast who wants an in depth insight into all things military. We cater for specific periods in history, battles and wars, all with a Jersey or Channel Island element.

For a small area of just 45 square miles, the sublime Jersey military history which is all too evident in the built environment as you travel around the Island. But that history goes even deeper in that the very status of the Channel Islands has been moulded by it. When you have a European front line on your very doorstep for over 600 years, you are going to find evidence of wars, battles and the different arms races throughout history as the technology of warfare developed. Being able examine and learn about this, often finding different eras covering not just different centuries but different millennia, makes Jersey pretty unique!

Our present specialist military history tours include the following scheduled tours:

The Bunker Tour – German Occupation 1940-45

This is a new tour for 2107 and unique in that it offers us private access to most of the restored German bunkers with public access in Jersey but which are only generally open on a very limited basis. Entering these bunkers is like stepping back into the past 75 years. Find out more by clicking the link (Full day tour)

The German Occupation – the military history

This is also a new tour for 2017 and takes advantage of the access that we have to the restored German bunkers. It is a shorter tour than “The Bunker Tour” and it will incorporate a visit a selection of bunkers, battle and crash sites, fortifications and memorial sites depending on the day that the tour runs.  (Half Day tour)

 

The following tours are not presently in our regular schedule but each may be booked as a private group tour. All private group tours can be booked on any available day throughout the year, and we are happy to quote you a price no matter how big or small your party is.

British vs. German Fortifications (Full day tour)

The Age of Artillery (Full day tour)

The Commando Raids 1940 to 1945

The Battle of Jersey, 1781

Medieval Castles and Battlefields

The English Civil War in the Channel Islands

The latter four are each likely to last a Half Day but may be extended upon request.

 

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After 603 years of defending their home, Jersey Militia is disbanded in face of Nazi advance in June 1940. (The German Occupation of the Channel Islands, Part 1)

In June 1940, following the defeat of the British Expeditionary Force in the face of the German blitzkrieg and the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Channel Islands waited with great apprehension to see whether the war would reach them. The Jersey Militia, now voluntary since the First World War, had been preparing since the outbreak of war to defend the Island, albeit …

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Squadron Leader Henri Gonay, DFC, CdeG (1913-1944)

A short memorial video to a Belgian pilot in the RAF, Henri Gonay who crashed and lost his life in Jersey shortly after D-Day in June 1944. It is believed that Squadron Leader Gonay had been attacking German shipping to the south of Jersey when his Hawker Typhoon fighter was hit by anti-aircraft fire. His body was recovered from the wreckage …

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The Occupation Tapestry, Jersey, Channel Islands – commemorating liberation from 5 years of Nazi rule

The Occupation Tapestry was the biggest community art project ever undertaken in Jersey, and made by Islanders for Islanders. It was conceived in order to tell the story of what life was like during the five years of German occupation. The original idea about creating a tapestry came about when, in the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of the Liberation, suitable projects were sought …

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