That when Churchill said we would fight on the beaches and in the streets he and the rest of the population meant very word The problem with the Channel Islands is "THAT THEY DIDN T FIGHT NOT "they didn t fight not the beaches not in the streets not in the fields or the landing groundsThe
islanders settled down to a peaceful occupation remarkably uickly and the island governments reached an accommodation with the Germans settled down to a peaceful occupation remarkably uickly and the island governments reached an accommodation with the Germans saw the occupiers working through the governmental structure already in place with the pre war official remaining in office and passing laws regulations announcements and orders on behalf of the Germans Many then and after considered it dangerously close "To If Not Outright Collaboration "if not outright collaboration the process of forgetting began very uickly whilst the government issued many calls for resistance across Europ Fascinating read about an pisode that I knew nothing about the German occupation of the Channel islands Guernsey Jersey Alderney tc The Germans were substantially laxer there than in other parts of occupied Europe though they did have at least one SS camp there tooWorthwhile read for texture about the period This is an PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition excellent book very well written and researched that tells the story of the Channel Islands occupation by the Germans during World War II I learnt so much from reading it it s well worth a read and I can t recommend itnough How would we deal with an occupation During WW2 the Channel Islands were the sole British territory occupied by Nazi Germany for the duration of hostilities They did not rebel did not resist and in some cases actively collaborated How would anyone deal with that Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography exact situation Would we passively resist the massive occupying force like some did or would we simply go about our lives in the new norm like the majority of the islanders did. Igation did they have to the thousands ofmaciated and ill treated slave laborers the Nazis brought among them to build an impregnable ring of defences around the island. Paperback 360 pp 2004Part of the book deals
with the relationship between Jersey and Gurnsey which didn t seem to get along all that well There the relationship between Jersey and Gurnsey which didn t seem to get along all that well There also some notice of incest in the area A good portion of the book from that point deals with fraternization between the German soldiers and the women on the islands The lack of overt resistance is covered along with the attitude of England "Towards The Islands Which Wasn T All That GoodThere Are "the islands which wasn t all that goodThere are number of pages Of Photographs And A Discussion photographs and a discussion the liberation of the islands and what happened after the The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, end of the war Mostly based on interviews with those whoxperienced the German occupation of the Channel Islands this book paints an interesting picture being critical of the Island authorities and specially of the sweep it under the carpet attitude of the British Government after the liberation than those from other histories and the latter day commemorations of the individual islands themselves might lead you to xpect It seems that the Guernsey authorities were less likely to protest or be uncooperative with the Germans than Jersey and that on the whole these deeply conservative authorities were overly concerned with maintaining the status uo with as little disruption and provocation as possible Not much likelihood of Heydrich style assassination attempts here though infreuent small scale incursions from the mainland kept the occupiers on their toes The book tries to recount the unhappy fate of the few Jews many of them refugees from mainland Europe and caught in a limbo when the Phoney War of 193940 came to an abrupt nd and the horrors of the forced labour camps on the otherwise deserted Island of Alderney There is a good description of the hardships and what must have been a strange sensation as the Islands were bypassed During the German occupation of Britain's Channel Islands there were love affairs between island women and German soldiers betrayals and black marketeering individual act. Y D day and its aftermath suffering from supplies being cut off from the continent and having to wait until May 1945 for the long awaited Liberation Day It is also heartening to read of the many individual acts of courage and
*resistance that did *that did place "and last but not least some of the "last but not least some of the shown by a few of the ordinary soldiers of the occupation Human stories make for a riveting read I had no idea the Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans in WWII After reading this book I can understand why Everyone wants to forget about it but no one does Bunting does xtensive interviews with islanders and survivors creating a personal account from those who The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl experienced it Bunting is very British and I had a little trouble with her dialect hence the 4 star rating Otherwise anxcellent account of the occupation The British miniseries Island at War available on Netflix is a fictional account of the occupation but I recognized a lot of the situations described by book The Occupation of the Channel Islands has become something of a footnote in Britain s history of World War II a fact that might seem somewhat surprising You would think the invasion and occupation of sovereign British soil by the forces of Nazi Germany for the duration of the war would merit rather attention And yet it seems as though all parties the islanders the British government and the German occupying forces would rather forget it Exile and Pilgrim ever happened Right from the moment of Liberation the process of forgetting began there were no trials of Germans after the Liberation and no memorials for the dead no recognition of heroic acts And there s a reason for thatThe Occupation of the Channel Islands upsets the mythic history of Britain s war the belief that the British were different from the rest of the Continent. S of resistance and feats of courage andndurance Every islander was faced with uncomfortable choices where did patriotism nd and self preservation begin What moral obl.