Channel Islands Occupation Society

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CIOS
Founded 1961[1] Jersey branch 1971[2]
Headquarters Jersey and Guernsey
Key people Paul Burnal (Jersey Branch)[3]
Website Jersey Branch,Guernsey Branch
This Command Bunker forms part of Battery Lothringen, a site managed by the CIOS (Jersey Branch)
10.5cm Casemate at Corbiere managed by the CIOS Jersey


The Channel Islands Occupation Society (CIOS) is an organisation that seeks to raise awareness and educate the public about the Occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War. There are two branches, one in Jersey and the other in Guernsey, that take turns in publishing the Channel Islands Occupation Review. The CIOS manages many German fortifications and archives on both islands.

Jersey branch[edit]

The Jersey branch was set up in 1971.[4]

Sites open to the public:

Guernsey Branch[edit]

Founded in 1961, by Richard Heaume, M.B.E.,in Guernsey, the society still researches all aspects of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. It has an archive of historical documents, and also renovated the former German naval Signals H.Q, which was responsible for all messages to the islands from France and then Germany after D Day. The Guernsey branch is a member of the Association of Guernsey Charities, and donates money every year to The British Red Cross, in recognition of the help given to islands by the International Red Cross in 1944 and 1945, with supplies of food to the local population.

Publications[edit]

  • Channel Islands Occupation Review 42 editions published alternatively by both branches
  • Jersey's German Tunnels 2 editions
  • A guide to the German Shoreline Defences of St Aubins Bay
  • A guide to Strongpoint Corbiere
  • A guide to Batterie Lothringen - (Noirmont Point)
  • The Organisation Todt and the Fortress Engineers in the Channel Islands
  • Operating Under Occupation The story of the life and work of Arthur Clare Halliwell FRCS, Consultant Surgeon at the Jersey General Hospital during the German Occupation 1940-1945,
  • Archives Book 9, CIOS (Jersey), Jersey’s German Bunkers
  • A Guide to German Fortifications on Guernsey
  • Festung Alderney, the German Defences of Alderney

Photos of managed fortifications[edit]

CIOS Jersey

CIOS Guernsey

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malcolm Woodhams (2011-11-17). "Channel Islands Occupation Society". Charity.org.gg. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  2. ^ Jersey Heritage. http://www.jerseyheritage.org/collection-item/channel-islands-occupation-society-.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "About the CIOS". Ciosjersey.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Channel Islands Occupation Society". Jersey Heritage. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 

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