In the summer of 1940 the British Isles stood isolated and alone facing the might of a seemingly unstoppable German war machine. Never before had the United Kingdom been in a state of such uncertainty and possible peril. Fortunately the English Channel held back Hitler’s armies, and his ambition. Not so for the Channel Islands which stand just a few miles from the French coast.
To abandon British territory to the enemy seemed unthinkable, yet the defence of the Channel Islands was impracticable, if not impossible. It was decided, therefore, to evacuate as many as wished to leave.
This is the story of the muddled evacuation, of homes, animals and families left behind, of the German bombing of the islands, the fear of those left behind, and of the first days of German Occupation, told by the Islanders themselves through memoirs and letters, the local newspapers, and the politicians who decided the fate of tens of thousands of men, women, and children.
CHANNEL ISLANDS INVADED The German Attack on the British Isles in 1940 told thorough Eyewitness Accounts, Newspaper Reports, Parliamentary Debates, Memoirs and Diaries
The story of the first days of the German occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War. It is told through the memoirs, letters and newspapers of the islanders themselves, and records the terror, fear, hopes and stoic endurance of those who faced an uncertain and menacing future.
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