The German Occupation of the Channel Islands
A collection of militaria from the occupation of the Channel Islands by German armed forces during 1940-1945. There are many items for sale that will interest serious collectors throughout the world.

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My name is Damien Horn

I grew up on the island of Jersey, which was the only part of the British Isles to have been occupied by the German armed forces during WW2. I started to collect "german stuff" at the age of 7, and some 37 years later it has become an out of control obsession.

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Items for sale

All of the items that are offered here for sale are from my own collection which has grown at an alarming rate over the past 37 years. I am adding to my sales pages all the while in an effort to make my collection more manageable!
Please browse the photos and descriptions of current items for sale.

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The German occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-1945

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles 
to have been occupied by the German armed forces during WW2.

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The Channel Islands Military Museum, St Ouen

On the 29th of May 1989 The Channel Islands Military Museum opened to the public. I put a great deal of my collection of German equipment into the cabinets for display. The Museum is housed in a 10.5cm casemate that was built right into the sea wall which formed part of Hitler's Atlantic wall defences.

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My Name is Damien Horn, and I was lucky enough to be born on the Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands (Between England and France). The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to have been occupied by the German armed forces during WW2. From an early age I became aware of the vast amount of concrete German fortifications (bunkers) that are to be seen on this relatively small Island (9 x 5 miles). Inevitably as youngsters do I was attracted to these bunkers looking for the one that had lain undiscovered and remained full of vast amounts of treasure, in this case not gold but German helmets, Iron Cross and if I was really lucky maybe a Luger.

As you might expect I never did find such a bunker, but  by asking every Tom Dick and Harry that I came across if they had any "German stuff" I ended being given quite a lot of my early collection. Luckily for me my Father knew lots of locals and many of them were able to help with some quite amazing items. On one occasion I was given a couple of very nice German helmets, three radio sets and two ENIGMA decoding machines, those are items that don't appear every day. Now  years later I have gathered up quite a respectable collection - you can see some of the items that I have for sale in this short video: 

Collection of German WW2 Militaria :: © Damien Horn 2011

I was at one time the co-owner of two of the Island's occupation museums. These days I have just the one, The Channel Islands Military Museum in St.Ouen, of which I am the sole owner. As time went on I began to specialise in certain areas of the collecting field. My main area of interest these days is in German items with a direct connection with the Channel Islands, (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm). Items such as Soldbuch and Wehrpass, as well as photo albums from German soldiers who were stationed in the Islands are a particular favourite of mine. There is a certain something about tracing a soldiers progress across Europe and finding out where he actually served here in the Islands.

I have a reasonable collection of German helmets which these days are becoming quite scarce, and a firearm collection which is used on a regular basis with our local gun club, the Modern and Military Arms Association. We are indeed lucky here to still have our handguns, so Lugers, P.38's and the such like can regularly be seen on the firing line. I also have a working Mp.40 and Mg.34 which are also licenced and can be used on our range.  

Some 15 years ago I acquired the rusting wreck of a Stoewer R200s radio car, since then it has been fully restored and put back onto the Islands roads (see Stoewer Restoration for more details). As a member of the Jersey Military Vehicle Club I take the car out to various events throughout the year. These days I am often accompanied by my son Sebastien. The Stoewer is the last German vehicle to be left in the Channel Islands from the German Occupation, again this was my main driving force in its rescue and restoration.

As time has gone on I have come to realise that the vast amount of kit I have in storage is now getting out of hand and unmanageable. I am still as keen as ever to get my hands on new items for the collection, but I see no point in keeping items that don't fit into my collecting criteria. So I have decided to move on duplicate items that no longer are needed, these in turn will fund the purchase of those local items I am searching for. If you are a collector and are looking for items for your own collection then have a look at my Items for Sale page. If you do not see what you are after, please email or phone and ask.

 

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