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 full breadth of 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 was 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 those 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.
Major & Mrs Holt's Definitive Battlefield Guide to the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches
By: Major and Mrs Holt
The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reconsidered
By: Dr Peter Liddle
Swords and Cinema
By: Jeremiah McCall
Capital Ships at War 1939 - 1945
By: John Grehan, Martin Mace
By: Anton Rippon
The Anatomy of Glory
By: Anne S K Brown, Henry Lachouque
Wingate's Lost brigade
By: Philip Chinnery
The Best of Fragments from France
By: Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
Edited by: Major and Mrs Holt
Report on Experience
By: John Mulgan
Edited by: Peter Whiteford
Introduction by: M.R.D. Foot