Jersey War Tunnels
When you go to the War Tunnels and see all of the exhibits about the occupation of the islands by the Germans during WWII you can see how truly unique the Channel Islands were and are. I’d have to say that the War Tunnels were one of my Top 2 favorite attraction on this trip.
For those who do not know, during World War I Hitler was ecstatic to take possession of the islands that were loyal to the UK but so close to France that on a clear day you can see the mainland.
Heartbreaking stories can be heard from the tunnel’s many exhibits and it was curated so well. First of all you walk into the tunnel and you can feel the damp, darkness start to creep into your bones and you put your jacket on because the temp drops. The air changes and feels stale and restricting putting you on edge and in the mindset of being very alert and aware of your surroundings.
You walk through a room with timelines, videos and images of the time before and during the war. And then the tunnels are marked with lights on the floors letting you know what years the adjacent room will depict. Leading you subtly through time. The exhibits themselves are touching and really give you a glimpse of what these residents had to go through.
How terrifying it must have been, how hungry they were, how desperate they were to just survive. They were occupied for almost 5 years. I can’t even imagine how long it took after they were liberated to get back to some sort of normalcy and to be able to relax, if ever.