Guided walks and tours around Guernsey

Tim Osborne

Silver Accredited Guide

Email timobeanie@gmail.com

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About

Tim became a tour guide primarily because of his great interest in local history, but specifically military history in connection with the Second World War and the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. He has established seven walks:

The Secrets and Military History of the L’Eree Peninsula

A tour of the L’Eree headland which brings to life his passion for World War II German and Napoleonic history and fortifications around the L’Eree headland area. This circular walk also takes in a Neolithic/Bronze Age passage grave and other Neolithic stone building, features of the Ice Ages from 120,000 years ago, the best preserved WWII German trenches in the island, the wreck of the ‘Prosperity’ – as well as existing German and Napoleonic fortifications. The walk possibly includes a look in a preserved German anti-tank bunker if time permits. Photos taken at the time help bring the walk to life.

The Military History of L'Ancresse and Pembroke

This tour takes in the area between Fort Le Marchant and Fort Pembroke and focuses on the important and interesting military history of this area from the late 18th Century to the German Occupation during the Second World War. There are many period photographs to help visualise the past. If time permits, a visit to a newly opened-up and preserved anti-aircraft German command bunker is possible.

The Secrets and Military History of the Jerbourg Peninsula

This tour is a circular walk around the Jerbourg headland and focuses on the history of this area since prehistoric times, but primarily on the WWII German fortifications of this area, including stores of the first British commando raids of the war. As in his other walks, there are plenty of period photographs to help bring the past to life.

The Secrets of the Mirus Gun Battery

A tour of one of the four vast German underground batteries, that made up the largest gun battery in the Channel Islands. This particular one is the best preserved and shows how much effort went into Hitler’s directive of October 1941 - making Guernsey into an impregnable fortress. This tour is brought to life with many photographs taken at the time of its construction and use.

The WWII German Occupation of Sark

This all-day walk takes in many interesting sites on the beautiful Channel Island of Sark that was occupied by the German Forces from 1940 until 1945. We will walk the route of two infamous British commando raids, visit the murder scene of a German Officer, look around the area where the German Head-quarters were situated, visit the field where an RAF Lancaster crash-landed, visit the local cemetery and graves of people and personalities who featured in the occupation years, visit two tunnels constructed by forced labour and other places connected with the Occupation. Plenty of contemporary photos help bring the walk to life. We stop for refreshments and lunch.

The WWII German Occupation of Alderney

This fascinating all-day tour visits various WWII German fortifications on the peaceful Channel Island of Alderney that was occupied by the German Forces between 1940 and 1945; these include the remains of the only SS forced labour camp on British soil, a coastal defence gun battery and associated structures, two underground tunnels built by Russian & Ukrainan forced labour under the Organisation Todt, an infantry Strongpoint consisting of many structures including the only remaining steel armoured cupola in the Bailiwick and an infantry position that was built into an old Roman fort. If time permits, a visit to the Museum and/or the main German Command Bunker may be possible. We stop for lunch and refreshments.

Mirus Ghost Hunt

The main aim of this tour is to try to find any evidence of the paranormal as we walk around the large 1000m2 WWII German underground accommodation bunker in darkness. Any of those with an interest in the paranormal, as well as German fortifications, are welcome!

Those with any previous experience of paranormal investigations, and those who own EVP or EMF meters, infrared cameras or other equipment are most welcome.

As well as these tours, Tim is also happy to arrange bespoke tours in the island, connected with local military history up until the Second World War.

Tim Osborne
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