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.
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:
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.