Liberation Day

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2021 Date9 May 2021
2022 Date9 May 2022
Liberation Day

Liberation Day History

Liberation Day seeks to commemorate the freeing of the Channel Islands from German occupation during World War II. This day also commemorates the surrendering of Germany’s armed forces to the Allies. It is a day of reflection and appreciation. Celebrations include concerts, services, and re-enactments.

Liberation Day has been recognized since 1945. It is observed annually on 9 May.

Liberation Day Facts

  • During WWII, the Channel Islands were the only part of the Britain Isles to be occupied by German forces.
  • In the 1940s, thousands of slave workers were forced by the Germans to build bunkers, anti-tank walls, railway systems, and tunnels on the island of Jersey. According to, Hitler wanted to create a defensible Atlantic Wall using the island of Jersey. Now known as the Jersey War Tunnels, these tunnels continue to tell the story of German occupation and the hardships inhabitants faced.
  • The second-in-command for the German Guernsey General Siegfried Heine German signed the British’s instrument of surrender at 7.15 am on 9 May. This surrender was offered on behalf of the German Command of the Channel Islands. Immediately after, all German flags and ensigns were lowered.

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