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Operation BASALT: Walking in the footsteps of Commandos – Sark Island

The Islands of Guernsey are located in the English Channel, just 30 miles from the Normandy coast. All five of these beautiful Islands have a great deal of WWII history as they were the only British territory that Hitler conquered and were occupied by German forces for five years from June 1940. The number of fortifications and carefully preserved time capsules that still exist for modern day visitors are both astonishing and fascinating, making the Islands the perfect place for history buffs and newbies alike. 75 years ago, on 8th May 1945, Winston Churchill announced the end of the war in Europe and the Islands of Guernsey were freed on the following day which has since been annually celebrated as ‘Liberation Day’ on 9th May. It gives Islanders a chance to rejoice in their freedom and reflect on those who had to endure the hardships that the Occupation brought with it.

Heritage75

As 2020 will mark 75 years since the Islands were freed, a special 7-month long festival called ‘Heritage75’ will be running from 1st April until the end of October. 75+ heritage themed events will take place in Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney and Lihou. From themed tours and guided walks to exhibitions, family fun days and exclusive site openings, visitors will be able to delve into a wide range of experiences. The Islands of Guernsey are proud to be part of the Liberation Route Europe and featured events will be published right here on the Europe Remembers website while the full list is available at visitguernsey.com.

Operation BASALT: Walking in the footsteps of Commandos – Sark Island – 1st August 

October 1942: a small British Commando raid on occupied Sark has unforeseen consequences. Hitler’s reaction means that Special Forces operations in enemy territory will never be the same again. Spend the morning on the Island of Sark learning about the men and retrace their route to an incident that sent a shock wave around the world with a local expert – and uncover the connection with James Bond. Finish with lunch at Stocks Hotel – a traditional country house hotel in the heart of Sark.

Cost: £28 per person which includes the guided walk with Major Marco Ciotti, a 2-course lunch at Stocks with a drink and a donation to The Professor Charles Saint Sark Medical Trust. Please note the cost does not include ferry travel to Sark, which is only 55 minutes away from Guernsey.

Email Stocks Hotel to book your spot.

Operation BASALT: Walking in the footsteps of Commandos – Sark Island