Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2020

World War 2: Incredible find under 80 tonnes of brick and rubble in Guernsey revealed | UK | News

The discovery was made along the coast of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel occupied by German forces during World War 2. Since its liberation, alongside Jersey, on May 9, 1945, there have been several incredible discoveries, including a huge haul of artillery found dumped in a quarry. Historian Dan Snow visited the island to take a look at one of the newly renovated bunkers during History Hit’s “The islands of Guernsey – Secrets of Hitler’s Island Fortress” documentary.

He said in 2019: “Hitler was very proud having taken British territory, so weapons, artillery and hardware poured into these islands on an unimaginable scale.

“When the Germans left, all of that stayed behind and most of it still exists.

“This is an artillery platform built on the orders of Henry VIII, but when the Germans arrived, they quickly realised that this castle was built with the wisdom of the ages.

“So rather than replicate it, or replace it, they decided to reinforce it, which is why – uniquely in the British Isles – this is the only place you can see Henry VIII’s defences enhanced by Hitler.

“I’m meeting Shaun from Festung Guernsey, a local collective of enthusiasts dedicated to making the vast number of German structures on the island available to the public.”

Mr Snow spoke to Shaun Marsh, who made an incredible find, thanks to his childhood memory of the area.

Mr Marsh said: “This was a mortar position, when I came to work here, they knew it was here, but it had been filled in with bricks sometime in the Eighties.

“It had been lost, but I grew up playing in this, so one of the first things I asked was could I open it and my boss said yes.

“We removed in excess of 80 tonnes of brick rubble.

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“My mother didn’t want to separate us because we were at different schools at the time, three times we walked down to the harbour being crushed, people crying, it was awful.

“Then we came back with our little bags and my father said we had to stay and look after my grandfather.

“When remember them arriving and my mother and father thought we should have gone away, but in the end, we were still together and a close family.”

From June 30, 1945, the Channel Islands were occupied by German troops, under Adolf Hitler’s masterplan to fortify the French coast.

The occupying German forces deported over 1,000 Guernsey residents to camps in southern Germany thanks to the island’s strategic value.

German defences and alterations remain visible, particularly to Castle Cornet and around the northern coast of the island.

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