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Liberation Day 2019

Public Holiday observed in the Channel Islands


Liberation Square, Saint Helier, Jersey

When is Liberation Day?

How long until Liberation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 148 Days.
Dates of Liberation Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday
2019 Thursday
2018 Wednesday
2017 Tuesday
Who observes Liberation Day
Public holidays in Jersey for 2018 Jersey
Public holidays in Jersey for 2018 Guernsey
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II on 9 May 1945

Liberation Day is a public holiday in the Channel Islands on 9 May.

It commemorates the liberation of the islands from Nazi occupation at the end of the Second World War.

History of Liberation Day

The Channel Islands in the English Channel, lie off the coast of Normandy, France.

The islands include two Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey, the largest of the islands; and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and some smaller islands. Although they are not part of the United Kingdom, the UK is responsible for the defence and international relations of the islands.

The German occupation of the Channel Islands began on 30 June 1940. Given their close proximity to German-occupied France, it would have been almost impossible for the UK to defend them, so they had effectively been demilitarized, with key personnel evacuated to the UK before the German troops arrived.

The islands were liberated on 9 May 1945 with the surrender of the German occupying forces and arrival of British troops.

Though Guernsey was liberated on 9 May, Sark was liberated on 10 May, and Alderney not until 16 May.

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by German Armed Forces during the war.


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