The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Nazis ... more
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 by writer & broadcaster Brian Matthews..! Massive German fortifications turned the Islands into what some coined 'Hitler's Anchored Battleships' and wartime footage shows us 'then', while Colin Partridge, author of the book 'Mirus - The making of a Battery', shows 'now', as we visit immaculately preserved German bunkers, gun emplacements, underground hospitals & munitions tunnels built by Russian slave labourers so making the Channel Islands the most heavily fortified part of Hitler's 'Festung Europa'. You'll also experience poignant stories as Islanders recall personal memories whilst rare German newsreels reveal a British 'bobby' chauffeuring the German Kommandant and record a German infantry unit in full parade uniform marching up an English high street and we ask : Could this have been Britain if Hitler had won? In this 90' double-feature DVD, (also including 'Stars on the Landscape') you'll witness the remains of the only SS-run Nazi concentration camp on British soil, see Jersey's massive German fortifications as they look today and tour Guernsey's stunning German Occupation Museum to view Richard Heaume's unique collection of uniforms, weapons, medals, daggers and other amazing military & civilian artefacts, all left behind when the German garrison surrendered to British liberating forces in May 1945 after 5 long years of occupation...without firing a shot!
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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 a defining period in the history of the islands and an important aspect of contemporary British history.
World War II
Jersey Heritage Trust
The British Channel Islands Under German Occupation 1940-45