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Title:THE GERMAN OCCUPATION OF JERSEY 1940-45 [Main Title]
Film Number:MGH 4115
Summary: Amateur film shot by a Jersey housewife, Mrs Olive Thompson, includes shots of German soldiers exercising on Havre-des-Pas Sands and marching past Charing Cross and the Town Hall in St Helier, and coverage of the Liberation of this Channel Island (crowds in Royal Square listening to Churchill broadcast and the Bailiff Sir Alex Coutanche, German prisoners, RN and USN vessels off Millbrook Sands, unloading of International Red Cross supplies from Vega, liberation of Algerian prisoners of war, a Russian prisoner of war wearing USSR armband, Colonel Robinson hoisting Union Jack over Pomme d'Or Hotel, visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth).
Production Details: Thompson, Olive (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Technical Details: Format: Std 8mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 380 ft; Running time: 16 mins (at 16 fps)
Notes: Mrs Olive Thompson (née Pallot) was the wife of Henry John Ralph "Tommy" Thompson, a trained mechanic and tutor in metalwork at La Motte Street Technical School. Those sequences which were shot before the Liberation were taken at great personal risk since photography was forbidden during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands and all cameras had to be handed in to the German authorities.