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Books about the German Occupation of the Channel Islands

Living With The Enemy has been the best selling Occupation book since its launch in 1995 with over 70,000 copies sold. Between 1945 and the present day there have been many books written and documentaries made about the German Occupation of the Channel Islands as well as some television drama series. Here you can see and purchase a large selection of them.

Jewels and Jackboots

John Nettles

New book by John Nettles
Jewels and Jackboots
The German Occupation of the Channel Islands 1940 - 1945

This book was born of a series of documentary films about the German Occupation of the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945 made to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the start of the Occupation. It is also the fulfilment of an ambition to tell in much more detail than was possible in those documentaries, the true story of those extraordinary years.

The Channel Islands were the only British soil to be occupied in the war, the Islanders the only British citizens to fall under German rule. How the Islanders reacted to the invaders has recently been the subject of heated argument and impassioned debate and for very good reasons which are explored in this book.

It used to be thought that the Occupation of the Channel Islands was a rather gentle, even benign affair, utterly unlike that of, say, France or Holland on mainland Europe. It was believed that by and large the German invaders behaved reasonably well and kept within the terms of the Geneva Convention. For their part the Islanders responded by offering no resistance to their masters and only co-operating, not collaborating, with them according to that same Convention. It was certainly uncomfortable but not horrendous. Unpleasant but not unendurable - the conquerors and the conquered getting along together in what was thought to be the very model of a model occupation.

That is not the truth. The real history of the Occupation is very different from that. It is more morally complex, ambiguous and difficult. It is the story of a sustained and wholesale attack on human values, of great suffering, venality, violence and grotesque and hideous murder. It is also the story of extraordinary courage, wise and resourceful leadership and, surprisingly, given the awful conditions, much good humour.

This is the story which is told in Jewels and Jackboots. From the bombing raids on St Helier and St Peter Port in July 1940 to Liberation on 9thMay 1945 the narrative unfolds largely through the words of those who actually endured those years, those people who were actually there when thousands of their neighbours were taken from their homes and shipped away to camps across Europe, there when the slave workers arrived from the eastern front, actually there when the Jews were rounded up and haled along the Via Delorosa and actually there when after five long years the British soldiers returned once more to the Islands

Alongside the words there are the pictures that illustrate the progress of the Occupation every step of the way. Photographs of the heroes of those times of course and pictures from the island of Alderney where untold hundreds of Todt workers worked and died. Extraordinary photographs too of the Germans as they arrived in the Islands, tall, handsome, proud, immaculately uniformed. Then, in stark contrast, photographs of the Wehrmacht in the final days of occupation, thin, weak with hunger, tattered uniforms, utterly spent and in a much worse state than the Islanders.

Every respected authority has been consulted to help establish the truth of the account of the Occupation that appears in this book but it is the voice of the Islanders themselves which is its most fascinating and important feature. Their stories as told to me and published in Jewels and Jackboots, are among the most moving, marvellously humerous and wise I have ever heard. The reader cannot fail to be touched.

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Channel Islands At War presented by John NettlesThe Channel Islands At War - The DVD (PAL)
Written and Presented by John Nettles
Three part documentary about the only British soil to be occupied by the Nazis in WWII.

There is no agreed and settled history of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands and the subject still arouses a great deal of passion and indeed anger. What did go on in those years? Was there widespread collaboration? Did the civilian authorities actively help the Germans to round up Jews? Was there any resistance in the Islands and, if so, who were the resistors? And why did Britain abandon the Islands so completely to their fate and in such strange circumstances?

Actor John Nettles, who became famous for his portrayal of Jersey detective Jim Bergerac, is the writer and presenter of this fascinating three-part documentary. These programmes attempt to answer some of these questions by using archive film footage, talking to the historians, expert in this subject and most importantly by letting the survivors of that awful time speak for themselves which they do most eloquently.

The story that emerges is complex, heart-rending and enthralling. It is the story of ordinary people many of whom became extraordinary as they lived through the harsh and bitter years of the German Occupation.

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Living With The Enemy Book CoverLiving With The Enemy - The Book
Roy McLoughlin

Softback: 224 pages, Publisher: Channel Island Publishing, Language: English
ISBN-10: 0952565900, ISBN-13: 978-0952565901, Book Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.8 x 1.5 cm

During World War II the Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to be overrun by the Germans. This book shows that Islanders learned how to contend with Nazi regulations, how to survive and how to trust those Germans whose human side was often in contrast to the brutality of Hitler’s regime. First hand accounts of the German occupation of the Channel Islands from its beginning in 1940 to the liberation five years later make a unique record of the great conflict of the twentieth century as reflected in the affairs of small island communities. War does not change people. It brings out the best in them and the worst.

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Living With The Enemy - The CD
We Remember The Occupation By The Nazis
Running time: One hour

Living With The Enemy DVD CoverIn 1990 Simon Watkins and Craig Le Marquand produced this one-hour audio documentary to mark the 45th anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands from German forces during World War Two. Over the years more and more people who lived through that dramatic time pass away and their memories and stories go with them. This programme therefore is permanent record of the most significant period in World, British and Channel Island history. It has an historical narrative of that time by Roy McLoughlin and is punctuated with interviews and recollections of the people who lived through it to form a truly accurate insight into this ill-assorted community at war. A sample of what the United Kingdom would have experienced should it have fallen.These fascinating interviews include arrests, bombings, Commando landings, deportations, heroic escapes, and much more. From the landing of the troops in 1940 to the Liberation 5 years later, these recollections will take you back in time and through those dark years and explain how it felt to be living under Nazi rule and in the shadow of a foreign power..

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Living With The Enemy DVD CoverLiving With The Enemy - The DVD (PAL)
Directed by Julie Daly-Wallman

In 2005 Julie Daly-Wallman produced the Living with the Enemy documentary. It is the true and personal story of the German Occupation of Jersey. Inspired by the book Living With The Enemy and Islanders, this definitive documentary gives a heart-warming and heart-wrenching insight into Island life between 1940 and 1945, as seen through the eyes of the people who endured it. Bringing together a selection of fascinating and enlightening historical and anecdotal stories and memories, the documentary also aims to clarify any misconceptions about life in Jersey during those years, and highlights how much Islanders contributed to, and sacrificed for, Britain. A poignant tribute to everyone touched by those difficult years, this is the true story of Living With The Enemy.

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Channel Island Occupation Books:

The German Occupation of the Channel IslandsThe German Occupation of the Channel Islands
Charles Cruickshank

The official history of the German occupation of the Channel Islands, this book is based on previously untapped sources of information, including papers from Government departments, the Island's own wartime files, as well as files left behind by the Feldkommandantur in Guernsey and Jersey. Dr Cruickshank provides a full account of the German invasion, the subsequent landings of various British agents, raids, and of an attempt by psychological warfare to end the Occupation. He also looks at how the islanders and Wehrmacht lived, the reality of collaboration with the occupying powers, and the extent of support for the Resistance. The significance of this episode in the history of the Second World War, which the Germans saw as their first conquest of British soil and a springboard to further occupation of British territory, is essential reading for anyone interested in the war.

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The British Channel Islands under German Occupation 1940-1945The British Channel Islands under German Occupation 1940-1945
Paul Sanders

The British Isles have only been successfully invaded and occupied once since 1066: the German occupation of the Channel Islands from 1940-1945. This book commemorates both a defining period in the history of the islands and an important, but neglected aspect of contemporary British history. The book is the result of an exhaustive collecting effort in archives across Europe, some as far as the former Soviet bloc. In unparalleled depth, this fascinating book goes to the very essence of the occupation, recasting old questions and providing many new answers. It describes and analyses the issues of collaboration, resistance, survival culture and relations between Germans and islanders. In addition it provides a novel approach to the fate of the slave and forced workers brought to the islands to work on the fortifications. Also the circumstances of the Islands' Jews, some of whom were deported to concentration camps, are explored. For the first time, this book also presents an in-depth account of British post-war policy towards island collaboration and of the divergences of war memory in the Channel Islands and Britain. The source of profound misunderstanding, this has overshadowed the relationship over the past sixty years.

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Reaching Across the Barbed WireReaching Across the Barbed Wire
Gisela Rothenhäusler

In the autumn of 1942, six hundred and eighteen ‘casualties of war’ - men, women, children and babes in arms - deported on Hitler’s orders from the Channel Island of Jersey, were interned in a Baroque castle in the heart of a small southern German town, close to the borders with Switzerland and Austria.

Who could have imagined when the foundations of the Wurzach Schloss were laid in 1723, that one day, it would witness the reconciliation between former enemies.

Historian Gisela Rothenhäusler undertook extensive research into this short, but eventful period in the history of the Schloss. At the centre of the research lay her interest in the fate and the daily lives of those people held behind barbed wire - many of whom in the process of her research have become dear friends.

At the same time, the author sets the story of the camps in the Schloss against the overall context of the rise of the Nazi Party and the events that plunged the world into six devastating and murderess years of war

The book is a piece of history that will forever link two small communities that would never have otherwise come together.

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The Changing Face Of The Channel Islands OccupationThe Changing Face Of The Channel Islands Occupation
Hazel R. Knowles Smith

This independent study and book has already attracted controversy. Containing much fresh evidence, it vividly portrays the Islanders' day-to-day Occupation experiences, whilst exploring - and often refuting - what are today becoming received ideas of a mostly 'shameful' wartime past. Aspects discussed include: collaboration; resistance; starvation; the fate of missing forced workers; whether Island Officials knowingly sent three Jewish women to their deaths in Auschwitz; and whether the Islands' experiences were unique, or would simply have charted the course of Hitler's planned invasion of Britain.

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Channel Islands At War
George Forty

Channel Islands At WarAlthough the German plans for invading Great Britain came to nothing, they did manage to occupy a little slice of Britain during World War II: namely the Channel Islands.

Despite the many books written on the subject, there remains much to be told, not least from the perspective of the German Forces. Why did they carry out bombing raids against defenceless civilians before invading? Who were these troops? Were they 'hand picked' as many commentators have since claimed? What do we know about this, the strongest infantry division in the entire German Army, and why did Hitler lavish so much attention on it?

The questions are endless, and very little has been written from the German point of view: these servicemen who unwillingly or willingly garrisoned the Islands in good times and bad - safe from the horrors of the Eastern Front, yet suffering in a range of other ways such as isolation, boredom and hunger.

Drawing on first hand experiences and a superb collection of photographs, this book details the history of wartime years before bringing it up to date with a succinct survey of the surviving relics of the Nazi Occupation which still survive today.

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Outpost Of OccupationOutpost Of Occupation
Barry Turner

The Channel Islands were what could have happened to all of us: a test-run of German occupation. That was certainly Hitler's plan. Once Britain had demilitarised the idyllic, unspoilt holiday islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark in 1940 their fate was sealed: in July the Germans invaded. The following five years in their history offer an intriguing, and often uncomfortable, virtual history of how Britain might have looked under Nazi rule and how British people, more to the point, might have responded to it, whether through submission, courageous resistance or even collaboration. Barry Turner's book is the first history of the Occupation since Madeleine Bunting's acclaimed but controversial A Model Occupation in 1995. It is an extremely readable and above all fair-minded account, rich in personal testimonies, showing the extreme privations suffered by the Channel Islanders, so utterly cut adrift by Britain even if for defensible reasons of wartime expediency , and above all the huge moral and civic task required of their pre-war governing class, several of whom could hardly have been expected to rise to the occasion. It also draws on newly released documents in the Public Record Office to reveal the messy confusion of Britain's postwar attitude to the Channel Islands.

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Peculiar OccupationA Peculiar Occupation
Peter Tabb
(New Perspectives on Hitler's Channel Isles - Hardback.)

May 2005 was the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Channel Islands from German forces, the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War 2.

In A Peculiar Occupation, author Peter Tabb sets the scene of the long history of the Channel Islands as 'Peculiars' of the English Crown, to narrate the story of the four and a half years of the German Occupation, in which the Islanders would suffer deportation, deprivation, epidemics, imprisonment and, ultimately, near starvation.

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The Channel Islands 1941-1945 Hitler's Impregnable FortressThe Channel Islands 1941-1945
Hitler's Impregnable Fortress
Charles Stephenson

During World War II, the Germans occupied the undefended Channel Islands from the end of June 1940 until the end of the war, creating a series of defensive positions that was considered the strongest stretch of the Atlantic Wall. The Channel Islands fortifications can be seen as the pinnacle of German engineering during the war. This book describes the design, construction and manning of these defensive positions, as well as the occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans. It also explores the living conditions on the islands, the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by the Nazis, through to the liberation of the Islands by the Allies.

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German Occupation Of The Channel IslandsGerman Occupation Of The Channel Islands
George Forty

The only part of the British Isles that can answer the question 'What was it like to be invaded and occupied in World War 2?' are the holiday islands of Jersey, Alderney, Guernsey and Sark. Left undefended in 1940, they fell like ripe plums into German hands. Thereafter they were turned into the most heavily defended parts of the Nazi Atlantic Wall, with massive fortifications, gun emplacements and underground storage tunnels. An army of foreign 'slave workers' was brought in as well as the 27,000 German troops (known as the 'Canada Division' as it was widely assumed that they would eventually become POWs!) Amid the routine of occupation came periods of danger and action from raiding parties. After D-Day the German garrison was cut off and 'the Hunger winter' resulted. In May 1945 the Germans surrendered amid much rejoicing.

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The War In The Channel IslandsThe War In The Channel Islands
Winston G Ramsey

Besides being the only British territory occupied by the Germans in the World War II, it is perhaps less generally known that the Channel Islands were fortified out of all proportion to the rest of Hitler's Atlantic Wall: a legacy that is explored in individual chapters on Alderney , Guernsey, Jersey and Sark. First-hand accounts of all seven Commando raids are brought together plus a summary of how the islands' hotels were put to use by their German guests may intrigue present day visitors. There is a review of war museums which aims to give an insight into the variety of relics that enthusiasts have had the foresight to preserve. The war cemeteries are described, and there is a list of every grave of both sides of the two World Wars. Annotated aerial photographs also form an important aspect of this work.

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Channel Islands OccupiedChannel Islands Occupied
Richard Mayne

A fascinating collection of photographs from the German Occupation of the Channel Islands

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Hitler's British IslandsHitler's British Islands
(64 page booklet of original wartime photos and interviews)

The Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to be occupied by German Forces during the Second World War. This book is a first hand account of life under Nazi rule and includes many wartime photographs and interviews.

From the landing of the troops in 1940 to the Liberation 5 years later, these recollections will take you through those dark years and explain how it felt to be living in the shadow of a foreign power.

The story includes arrests, bombings, Commando landings, deportations and heroic escapes to form a truly accurate insight into this ill-assorted community at war.

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Hitler's Fortress IslandHitler's Fortress Island
Carel Toms

The first photographic history of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands from 1940 -1945. They were taken by the Islanders themselves at great personal risk of imprisonment, punishment and even death. The story is told with a revealing text.

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Islands in DangerIslands in Danger
Alan & Mary Seaton-Wood

Written in 1955, this is probably the first attempt at an official history of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands (Always spelt with a capital O in the Islands) Well written and detailed it is still one of the best books on the subject.

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The Model OccupationThe Model Occupation
Madeleine Bunting

There were love affairs between island women and German soldiers, betrayals and black marketeering, individual acts of resistance, feats of courage and endurance. Every islander was faced with uncomfortable choices: where did patriotism end and self-preservation begin? What moral obligation did they have to the thousands of emaciated and ill-treated slave labourers the Nazis brought among them to build an impregnable ring of defences around the islands?

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I Beg to ReportI Beg to Report
William M Bell

Policing in Guernsey During the German Occupation by William M. Bell.

Auguste Spitz and Therese Steiner who voluntarily identified themselves as Jews, were deported from Guernsey by the Germans during the Occupation and sent to Auschwitz where they died in the gas chambers. In his foreword to this book Arthur Bailey, a former Chief Officer of the Guernsey Police writes: "I strongly recommend this book, it not only contains the history of the Island Police Force, but covers a period of the Island's history which is both unique and interesting. I am particularly pleased to note that this book has at last 'laid to rest' the subject of the deportation of Jews from the Island by the German authorities".

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The Jews in the Channel Islands during the German Occupation 1940-1945The Jews in the Channel Islands during the German Occupation 1940-1945
Frederick Cohen

In 1940 the Channel Islands fell under German occupation. The Nazis soon turned their attention towards identifying and discriminating against the few Island residents who they 'deemed to be Jews'. In the following year the Germans began a massive fortification building programme and amongst the workers transported to the Islands were over one thousand Jewish forced workers. These stories remained largely untold until the recent uncovering of many key files and documents. This substantially revised second edition incorporates the most recently discovered records.

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No Cause For PanicNo Cause For Panic
Channel Island Refugees 1940 -1945
Brian Ahier Read

Personal examples of the mass evacuation of the Channel Islands which began on 20th June 1940, barely a fortnight before the arrival of the German army. About 30,000 people, including 4,000 children in school parties left their homes and were ferried on a number of small ships across 80 miles of the Channel to the south coast of England, where they were eventually absorbed into the life of wartime Britain.

This book details the evacuation and exile of British residents from the only part of British territory which was occupied by the invading army of Hitler's Germany.

Brian Ahier Read has carried out extensive research in the Channel Islands, the Public Record Office and the many places where Channel Islanders took refuge.

No Cause For Panic is a deeply human story and an accurate and eminently readable account of an aspect of the Occupation years which has not previously been recorded.

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Liberated By Force 135Liberated By Force 135
Mark Lamerton

This book covers the Liberation of the Channel Islands by force 135 from German Occupation after 5 long years. There is no other in-depth study available on this important period of Channel Island history.

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LWTE GermanLiving With The Enemy (German Edition)
Roy McLoughlin

This book is the revised and translated German edition of Living With The Enemy which was published in Berlin in 2003 by Ch. Links Verlag.

It is a 144 page hardback book and includes many interesting additional photographs.

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LWTE FrenchLiving With The Enemy (French Edition)
Roy McLoughlin

This book is the revised and translated French edition of Living With The Enemy which was translated into French in 2007 under the title of Vivre avec l' ennemi and went on sale in France the following year.

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Jersey Occupation Books:

 

Jersey OccupiedJersey Occupied
Michael Ginns MBE

This book is the culmination of ten years work by Jersey's most respected Occupation historian, Michael Ginns, and for the first time brings together between two covers, an all-embracing account of the German Military presence in Jersey during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

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Never To Be ForgottenNever To Be Forgotten
Joe Mière

German Occupation historian, Joe Miere, has dedicated the last sixty years to ensuring that his fellow Islanders who lived in the darkest period of Jersey's history were not forgotten. All has been done with no thought of personal reward or glory. This book is an accurate reflection of that time.

Joe has never shrunk from telling the truth, however unpalatable. As the Bailiff said recently, "it is the work of people like Joe which will inform and be the basis of historical accuracy. He is modest, almost self effacing, about his achievements".

By the choice of a popular vote, Joe was honoured by his fellow Islanders to be the Jersey Heritage Trust's Portrait of the Jersey Citizen of 2003.

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A Doctor's OccupationA Doctor's Occupation
Dr. John Lewis

In 1939, Dr. John Lewis was building up a successful general practice in Jersey. In 1940, when the Germans were poised to invade the Channel Islands, he managed to get his pregnant wife safely across to England before returning home to look after his patients for 5 long years of Occupation.

This is the story of his experiences during those years: a first hand account of life in the only British territory to be controlled by Nazi Germany during World War II.

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Jersey Occupation RememberedJersey Occupation Remembered
Sonia Hillsdon

The fate of the Channel Islanders during World War II was unique and provides a fascinating story.

In this book, local author Sonia Hillsdon presents an account of Jersey and its people throughout those long years. The emphasis is given to the voices of the Islanders themselves, many of whom speak directly about their own experiences during the German Occupation.

This book was originally published in the 1980s. Now a new edition seems timely; memories are fading and there are fewer and fewer survivors of those momentous years.

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As Time Goes ByAs Time Goes By
The Occupation Years

This is a 'Then & Now' book showing fascinating photography from the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. It is a range of photography in Jersey during that time alongside the same views as they look today.

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So It WasSo It Was
Richard Weithley

Richard Weithley was 14 when the German Occupation of the Channel Islands began - and a young man of 19 when it finished. Like many of those living through the period, it is something that he will never forget.

This book is an enchanting tale of excitement, humour, romance and intrigue. What started as teenage bravado against the 'authorities' soon turned into life threatening situations and a dramatic escape from a military prison.

A fascinating account of how the author was forced to grow up under the shadow of the swastika, told with a refreshingly original approach. This is one man's stunning account of the most significant period in recent Channel Island history.

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The Ultimate SacrificeThe Ultimate Sacrifice
Paul Sanders

The moving stories of 20 Jersey residents who were arrested then sentenced for crimes against the German authorities during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. They died in German prisons and concentration camps between 1940-1945.

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A Boy RemembersA Boy Remembers
Leo Harris

World War II and the Germans are about to occupy the Channel Islands. This is the true story of a young schoolboy and his family as they live through the Nazi Occupation of Jersey, the largest of the Islands.

This fascinating book includes not only events but amusing incidents; spanning the breadth of human emotion and experience of those troubled times.

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A Boy Remembers MoreBoys Remember More
Leo Harris

In this book Leo Harris returns to the subject of the German Occupation with this sequel to A Boy Remembers, painting a vivid picture of life at that time. His description of many of the events, humorous and serious, cannot fail to move the reader. This will rest on many bookshelves for years to come to be read and re-read with great enjoyment..

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prison Without Bars

Prison Without Bars
Frank Keiller

Frank Keiller was thirteen and living in Jersey when the Germans occupied the Channel Islands in 1940. During the ensuing five years, he shared the various hardships common to his fellow Islanders. Moreover, he and his friends felt a particular sense of frustration at being forced to grow to maturity in what they felt was a 'prison without bars.' Such strong feelings led him into various encounters with the enemy - he punched a German soldier in the face when, in 1942 and on Hitler's orders, 'English' residents were deported. After D-Day, he attempted with others to reach the French mainland but failed after their highly unsuitable craft sank beneath them. He was court-marshalled twice but on both occasions avoided the death penalty. During his imprisonment he escaped and spent the rest of the Occupation on the run in Jersey. Frank Keiller recounts not only his own experiences of life in Jersey during those five long years of Occupation but draws on many others' records, both published and unpublished. What emerges is a story of an island people and their attempts to survive a time of their lives marked by fear and oppression.

Thanks to some sensationalist, recently published accounts, it has become 'common knowledge' that Channel Islanders were collaborators. Frank Keiller's final chapter addresses the sensitive question of Resistance vs Collaboration in a calm, even-handed and objective manner.

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Jersey Occupation DiaryJersey Occupation Diary
Nan Le Ruez

This remarkable book is based on a diary which a young Jersey woman kept throughout the five long years of the German Occupation.

Nan Le Ruez had been engaged to be married in 1938; the arrival of the Germans in 1940 effectively separated her from her fiancé until 1945. The Occupation dragged on and conditions grew worse. After the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, the hoped-for Liberation took almost another year to arrive.

Jersey Occupation Diary is a deeply personal account written from day to day, without hindsight and with no thought of eventual publication. The book tells of a life informed by Christian values, of a Jersey farming family and of a host of characters in the wider Island community, as well as German Officers, Inspectors and the cruelly treated slave workers.

At times almost unbearably poignant, the personal nature of the account of those five years makes riveting reading, and the eventual outcome - Liberation and reunion - comes as a blessed relief.

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The Occupation of Jersey Day By DayThe Occupation of Jersey Day By Day
Edward Le Quesne

Edward Le Quesne kept a daily diary during the Occupation of Jersey. He wrote it on tomato packing tray covers and on his personal notepaper: it was kept and valued by his heirs, but few people outside the family circle knew of its existence. Fortunately, Michael Ginns, the Secretary of the Channel Island Occupation Society, realised the diary's uniqueness and encouraged the family to get this book published.

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Jersey Under The JackbootJersey Under The Jackboot
RC.F. Maugham (1946)

A first-hand account of the ordeal suffered by the islanders of Jersey during World War II. From the terrifying Luftwaffe raids to the formal surrender of the island to an advanced party of German officers, this is the story of the years of suffering inflicted on the Channel Islanders.

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Shadow of the SwastikaShadow Of The Swastika
Francis Le Sueur

A factual account of personal experiences, events and episodes in the life of a young Jerseyman during the Nazi occupation of Jersey.

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Operating Under OccupationOperating Under Occupation
Michael Halliwell

In the late 1920's a brilliant young surgeon and his wife arrived, newly married, in the Channel Island of Jersey. They settled happily into island life and built a fine home for themselves and their children. Despite rumours of war, the islanders felt quite safe under the protection of the French Army and the great Maginot Line defences.

In the second year of the war, however, Nazi forces moved into France with lightning speed. Paris fell and Jersey was threatened. Arthur Halliwell sent his wife and children to England, remaining throughout the war with a small team of colleagues, to run the Island's hospital services. During those five years, the enemy held all the cards, intimidating and informing were rife, the threat of deportation was constant, and food and medical supplies became increasingly scarce.

This is the story, told by his son, of how Arthur Halliwell, facing constant loneliness, knowing little of the fate of his family, and each year seeing himself becoming more a stranger to his children, gave himself unstintingly to his colleagues and patients with confidence, dedication and inextinguishable humour.

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Journey Into DarknessJourney Into Darkness
Anthony Faramus

This is the story of Anthony Faramus and his experiences on Nazi occupied Jersey during World War II. The legitimate authorities collaborated with the Germans and had Faramus jailed, subjecting him to Nazi tyranny which included imprisonment in France and selection for Mauthausen death camp.

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Jersey's German BunkersJersey's German Bunkers
C.I. Occupation Society

This 170 page book takes an in depth look at the many fascinating German fortifications of World War Two in Jersey during the Occupation. The Channel Islands were the most heavily fortified places in Europe and were part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall.

(Photographs, plans and text.). Visit our fortifications page.

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Guernsey Occupation Books:

 

 

Enemy Or FriendEnemy or Friend?
Lyn Renouf Edwards

During the German Occupation of the Channel Islands Marianne Renouf's Life is turned upside down. With her friend Jacques she finds the next five years in Guernsey bring excitement, danger, and fear. The children are aware of the bravery of some civilians, but discover there are others who denounce their neighbours. They are horrified by the cruelty of the armed forces to slave workers, yet it is a German who gives them his bread ration when he is starving.

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A Child's WarA Child's War (NEW)
Molly Bihet

Molly Bihet's touching account of life in Guernsey during the German Occupation brings events of the Second World War to life through the eyes of a young child. The Channel Islands were the only British territory to be occupied during the Second World War and many Islanders were immediately imprisoned. Molly Bihet's story begins on a lovely afternoon on the 28th of June 1940, when she recalls waving a recently bought cucumber at planes flying over the harbour, only to realise that they were German planes when they started to machine-gun and bomb the previously peaceful harbour. Molly's recollection of her childhood engages the reader from beginning to end and provides a charming account of her life set against the backdrop of war.

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One Man's WarOne Man's War
Frank Stroobant

The vivid experiences of a Channel Islander during the Occupation by the Germans of the only British territory which they controlled during World War II.

In this book, Frank Stroobant tells how life in Guernsey was disrupted by the arrival of the German Forces in 1940.
From the notes he kept from 1939 to 1945, Frank wrote this autobiographical account of the extreme difficulties that the local population endured. He tells of the lack of food, petrol and other consumer items; of the deportation of Guernsey's men, women and children to internment camps in Germany.

Above all, Stroobant portrays what it meant to the Islanders to be invaded.

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The Silent WarThe Silent War
Frank Falla

Frank Falla was a newspaperman in Guernsey when German Forces occupied the Channel Islands in 1940. This is his story.

He describes how for three years, he and his colleagues fought Nazi censorship. He re-lives his days as a contributor to the underground news sheet, and reveals the identity of the man who betrayed them and had them sent to German prisons.

Finally, he tells of the disillusionment many Channel Islanders faced on Liberation, as well as their joy at the freedom they had fought for.
The Silent War is, above all, very readable, and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.

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A Child's WarA Child's War
Molly Bihet

In June 1940, Channel Islanders were immediately imprisoned amongst thousand of unsmiling and armed enemy troops. Their world was suddenly tuned upside-down. So what was everyday life like for a child and her family?

This story is a tribute to the author's (Molly Bihet) mother and to all mothers who suffered the worry and frustrations of bringing up children during the five years of the German Occupation in Guernsey.
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Life In Guernsey Under The NazisLife In Guernsey Under The Nazis
1940-1945
Occupation Diary edited by G. Stevens Cox

Life in Guernsey during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands

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Destination GustavDestination "Gustav"
Gilbert Van Grieken

In the spring of 1940 Adolf Hitler, Fuhrer of the German Third Reich, unleashed the military might of Germany against the nations of Europe.

Amongst the millions of displaced persons, this is the story of one - a Dutchman who was transported to Guernsey during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands: Destination "Gustav."

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A Tiny Act Of DefianceA Tiny Act Of Defiance
Peter J. Rivett

During World War II, two branches of Boots the Chemists fell into enemy hands. These were the establishments in Jersey and Guernsey.

This book is dedicated to the Guernsey branch whose staff showed a determination and initiative in attempting, in a modest and anassuming way, to alleviate the hardships that the Occupation of Guernsey imposed upon their fellow citizens.

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Hitler's Fortress IslandHitler's Fortress Island 1940-1945

Fortification Map including Guernsey's Historic Wartime experience during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, with original photographs.

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Sark Occupation Books:

 

Island DestinyIsland Destiny
Richard Le Tissier

A true story of love in the Channel Island of Sark during the Occupation. Werner Rang a German medical orderly meets Phyllis Baker, an interpreter, while on his tour of duty in Sark. An intensely human story and one which demonstrates the folly of war and the triumph of love between two young people from opposing sides of the conflict.

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Mined Where You WalkMined Where You Walk
Richard Le Tissier

The German Occupation of Sark 1940 -1945. There was one German soldier for every two Islanders during the Occupation. The author recounts how islanders and their occupiers fared during those years.

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Alderney Occupation Books:

 

From Auschwitz To Alderney And BeyondFrom Auschwitz To Alderney And Beyond
Tom Freeman-Keel

Wanted For Murder
Hundreds of Nazi war criminals are living in Great Britain and elsewhere. Why do they remain untouched by the Government? Why were they allowed to escape in the first place? Why do so many pretend that the Holocaust did not happen? What is being covered up, and most importantly - why?

This book shows that the answers do exist. Author Tom Freeman-Keel believes it is the Channel Islands that hold the key.

'The facts revealed in this book about the Holocaust should be repeated over and over' - The Evening Leader.

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DVDs:

In Toni's FootstepsIn Toni's Footsteps DVD

In Toni’s Footsteps records the events of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands in a modern and stylistic manner and tells the story from the perspective of a young German soldier.

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Channel Islands Occupied DVDChannel Islands Occupied DVD

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Nazis during World War Two...and now filmed on Guernsey & Alderney, incorporating the only German newsreels shot during the occupation and listening to those islanders who survived German rule, the remarkable story is told in this highly acclaimed TV documentary..!

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Fleeing The ReichFleeing The Reich
'Perhaps the saddest story of them all'

In 1940, carried on a wave of rumour and panic about the impending German Occupation of the Channel Islands, thirty thousand Channel Islanders fled their homes, their livelihoods and the Islands for five long years of exile.

Arriving in England with just one small case and only £20 in cash, they were sent by rail across the country from Oldham to Glasgow. The children were separated from their parents; cast adrift in an alien culture. Homeless and jobless, the adventures that befell them helped forge friendships the length and breadth of Britain which survive to this day. This is their story.

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Nazi BritainNazi Britain
'Only the stone hearted could fail to be moved'
- Guernsey Evening Press

In 1940 the Channel Islands became the only part of Britain to fall under Nazi rule. In this film, Islanders speak from the heart about one of the most extraordinary periods in our history.

Re-living in their own words the horror of the first air raids, the shock of German Occupation and the Islands' gradual five year long descent into privation and starvation before experiencing the capitulation of the German forces and the joy of Liberation.

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Stolen by HitlerStolen By Hitler
'A journey to a German hell and back, with some remarkable Islanders as your guide'
- Guernsey Evening Press

In 1941, during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, Hitler deported over 2,000 British men, women and children from the Channel Islands to the heart of Nazi Germany. It was a terrifying journey into the unknown and some killed themselves rather than facing it. Others had just hours to pack, destroy their pets and leave.

However, the initial horror of the camps and the struggle to survive in the primitive conditions was replaced with a determination not just to survive, but to thrive, as Hitler's crime created one of the most bizarre episodes of the War.

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PT509 The Last PatrolPT509 The Last Patrol
John Ovenden

On the night of August 8th 1944, PT Squadron 34 rendezvous with the destroyer USS Maloy a few miles west of the French Normandy landing beaches and prepares to ambush a German convoy of ten heavily armed vessels heading for the occupied Island of Jersey. Death and destruction followed, it proved to be the last patrol of PT 509.

56 years later, 77 year old Gunner's Mate 3rd class, Sheldon 'Boz' Bosley travelled to the scene and dived the wreck of the 509. It was a chance to pay his last respects to his comrades and re-visit the area where he had fought on that fateful night. This is his story.

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Islands At War DVDIsland At War DVD

Dramatisation of the events surrounding the capture of the Channel Islands during World War II and three of the families that struggle to come to terms with life under a new, dictatorial regime.

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Enemy At The DoorEnemy At The Door DVD

This was a British television series with a short life, but one that is long remembered. The groundbreaking series portrays the fear and confusion felt by the residents of the Channel Islands during the Nazi occupation in WWII. Using archival footage and a 1940s cinematography style, the drama utilises both harsh realism and stylised filmmaking techniques. The gifted cast includes Alfred Burke and Simon Cadell. Features the complete first series & second series.

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