The military re-occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945 was code-named Operation Nestegg. In command was 46-year old Brigadier Alfred Snow. The special detachment – Force 135 – sailed from Plymouth in the Royal Navy destroyers HMS Bulldog and HMS Beagle. But when the task force arrived off Guernsey on 8th May – Victory in Europe Day – no-one was sure if the German garrison, under Vice-Admiral Friedrich Huffmeier, would surrender peacefully…
CHANNEL TELEVISION 1985 - FROM THE JERSEY ARCHIVE
The Bailiff, Alexander Coutanche, waves his hat as a pinnace takes him out to HMS Beagle to accept the surrender of the German forces in Jersey. The time is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 9th May, 1945. Photograph by Bob Lawrence.