This is one of many dioramas in the museum and shows an authentically reconstructed kitchen typical of a Guernsey household in late 1944. The time of curfew is 9.00pm, all islanders had to be indoors or they were liable to be arrested or even shot. The family have just finished their meal of fried onions.
Father listens on his hidden crystal set to the 9 o`clock news. The set cleverly concealed in a tomato chip covered by beans. Mother, who has been making a potato flour cake, stands near the window to listen for German patrols.
In the fireplace a loaf is being baked in a tin over an open fire. The onions left over from supper are being kept warm for tomorrows breakfast.
4.7cm Anti-Tank Gun
This reconstruction of the 4.7cm Pak 36(t) shows the interior of the installation at the White Heart Hotel in St Peter Port. This example of the Czechoslovakian 4.7cm anti-tank gun is one of the best preserved in any museum.
By 1944 the Guernsey coastline was defended by 16 of these weapons housed in concrete casemates with a further 17 installed in reinforced field order positions.
4 Wheel Enigma
Three of these machines were used at the Naval Signals Headquaters in St Jacques for enciphering messages in secret code for onward transmission out of the island or to nearby units operating in the area.
Unknown to the Germans many of these codes were deciphered at Bletchley Park, especially those of the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine.
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Mini Cooking Stove
This incredible mini cooking stove was made from scrap metal and Red Cross tins and was made as a Christmas present for Rose Dawe by her father in 1944.
Rose Dawe was sent to the Biberach internment camp by the Occupying Forces. This camp was set up to accommodate Channel Island families and was located on a plateau north-west of Biberach and consisted of twenty three huts. In January 1943, the camp held 1,011 internees: 429 men, 437 women and 145 children.
Horse Gas Mask
It is a well-known fact that every German carried a gas mask on their person in case of gas attack but this unique version of the gas mask was designed specifically for a horse.
This interesting object has even made an apearances on the BBC`s Antiques Road Show.