Channel Islands 1940

The Channel Islands were occupied by Nazi Germany for much of World War II, from 30 June 1940 until the liberation on 9 May 1945. The Channel Islands are a Crown dependency of Britain and include the bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey (which are not parts of the United Kingdom) and well as the smaller islands of Alderney and Sark (both part of the bailiwick of Guernsey). The islands, which are closer to Normandy than they are to Britain, were the only portions of the British Isles to be invaded and occupied by German forces during the war.

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The Legacy

Hitler’s mark on the Channel Islands will never be obliterated. Under his direct orders an impregnable fortress was created which became nothing but a useless ploy. And this methodical and fanatical urge to build walls of steel and concrete round the islands may well go down in history as one of his greatest follies.


Hitler’s Fortress Islands
Germany’s Occupation of the Channel Islands
Toms, C (New English Library, 1982)