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Occupation tank heads for island
World War II tank
The tank will be in an exhibition about life under the Occupation
A 25-tonne tank which was stationed in Jersey during the Nazi occupation is to return to the island this month.

The French Char B was captured by the Germans when they invaded France and 17 were sent, on Hitler's orders, to defend Jersey after it was occupied.

The tanks left Jersey on a landing craft from La Haule slip a year after the liberation and have been at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset since.

The tank will be taken to the Jersey War Tunnels where it be displayed.

'Great significance'

The museum's curator, David Willey, said: "The Channel Islands were the only British soil to be occupied during World War II.

"The Char B has great significance to the island as it was one of 17 tanks actually stationed in Jersey and used by the Germans during the occupation."

The Tank Museum is undergoing a 16m renovation and bosses were looking for alternative accommodation for some of the collection.

The French-designed tank, which entered production in 1936, will leave the Tank Museum on 21 January.

It is being shipped to Jersey free of charge and will board a Condor ferry from Portsmouth to Jersey the following day and arrive at the Jersey War Tunnels on Wednesday.



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