Much appreciated, Mr. Fix-it....
That's what I was afraid of. I didn't have enough imagination to suspect GE would make disconnecting the elements so difficult, and had thought there was a socket like you might find on a range burner.
Is it likely I may have damaged the wires by pulling the element out from the front rather than going into the back?
I have found the original installation instructions for the oven (it's a double). Can anyone provide an idea of what's involved in removing the oven to get to the back, such as weight, two or more people, things to watch out for, etc?