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28 Jun 1940

  • The British Channel Islands were partially evacuated after being demilitarized to minimize casualties to be caused by the imminent German attacks. On the same day, German Luftwaffe aircraft bombed Guernsey and Jersey, killing 33 and injuring 40. ww2dbase [Guernsey | TH]
30 Jun 1940

  • Three German personnel landed on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel by aircraft and demanded surrender from a local policeman. ww2dbase [Guernsey | TH]
7 Jul 1940

  • British submarine HMS H43 landed Lieutenant Hubert Nicolle on the Channel Island of Guernsey during the night to collect intelligence for the planned commando raid code named Operation Ambassador. ww2dbase [Guernsey | CPC]
10 Jul 1940

  • British Lieutenant Hubert Nicolle, who had been conducting reconnaissance in the Channel Island of Guernsey, returned to Britain. he reported that there were 469 German soldiers on the island, mainly in St. Peter Port, with machine gun posts 2 to 5 miles away along the coast. He estimated that a commando raid would have 20 minutes to wipe out the machine gun posts before reinforcements from St. Peter Port would arrive. ww2dbase [Guernsey | CPC]
14 Jul 1940

  • The British commando raid on Guernsey was met with little result. ww2dbase [Guernsey | TH]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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