Ramsey at War

The museum displays a wide variety of military objects, and has a large collection of documents and photographs in the archives. We also tell the stories of two World War II events that featured Ramsey – the fate of the German spy Josef Jakobs and the devastating bombing raid on the town.

Josef Jakobs

On January 31st 1941 the German Spy Josef Jakobs parachuted into England, landing near the town of Ramsey. Having injured his leg on descent, he lay in a field all night, where he was found the next morning by local farm workers.

Josef was arrested and sent to trial in London. In August of that same year he was found guilty and was the last person to be executed at the Tower of London.

The Bombing of Ramsey

On Saturday 22nd August 1942 the Germans dropped 4 bombs on Ramsey, killing 8 people. The museum tells the story of the raid through maps, pictures, reports and eye-witness accounts.