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THE OCCUPATION PERIOD 1940 – 45 STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY

The Channel Islands were occupied by German Forces on 1 July 1940. From that day onwards there was no direct mail service between these Islands and England until the Liberation in May 1945. In fact, the last mail boat from England to the Channel Islands left a few days earlier.

This cover was sent from Wakefield addressed to Jersey. This was posted on 28 June 1940 and missed the final sailing of the mail boat. It was returned to sender. Note the ‘Service suspended’ handstamp.

Further detailed information can be found on the links below.

The Local Mail Service between the islands during the Occupation years.

The Red Cross Messaging Service

German Feldpost System

Internee Mail service