1945 Liberation of Channel Islands Sword by Wilkinson


A magnificent looking 25 Year Anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands Liberation, produced in 1970 by the famous swordsmiths Wilkinson Sword, as a limited edition.

The sword comes mounted for display, with a certificate of authenticity. The sword and certificate are numbered L.R. 63. The sword is referred to in the certificate as the ‘Liberator Sword’ and has a Crusader style shape, with a shield crossguard decorated with the coat of arms of Jersey and Guernsey. The blade is acid etched with the image of St George and the dragon and the dedication TWENTY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS’ LIBERATION 1945-1970. The ricasso has the by Appointment to Elizabeth II and the Wilkinson Sword logo. The reverse of the blade is plain. The sword comes mounted on a rectangular wooden board for display on the wall.

The Channel Islands were occupied during World War II by German forces from 30 June 1940, until May 1945. They were liberated by British forces following the general German surrender, well after the fall of France and after the death of Adolf Hitler and the end of the War in Europe. Considered not defendable by the British government in 1940, the islands were demilitarised and some civilians were given the opportunity to evacuate to England before the German forces arrived. The island leaders and some civil servants were asked to stay in their posts to look after the civilians in their care. 41,101 remained on Jersey, 24,429 on Guernsey and 470 on Sark. Alderney had just 18. Apart from undertaking a few commando raids, the islands were ignored by the British government until June 1944 when additional attacks on German shipping and radar units took place. To avoid starvation of civilians, permission was given for Red Cross parcels to be sent to the islands during the winter of 1944-45. Liberation would have to wait until the end of the war in Europe.

Length sword: 109 cm (43 inches)
Size board: 119 x 22.5 x 1.5 cm (46 7/8 x 8 7/8 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 3895 g