When teenagers in occupied Jersey stole a cache of Christmas letters posted home by German soldiers, it was a small act of wartime resistance. Seven decades later and after a painstaking search, descendants of the troops have finally received them.

The festive act of reconciliation was made possible after the letters, hidden away in a grand piano since the theft in 1941, were handed in to archivists. A gang of youths, all aged 15 or 16, had stolen the 90 letters from a Wehrmacht field post office in St Helier, in a perhaps rash bid to give the hated occupiers a bloody nose.

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