Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?
Mar31

Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?

Given that Britain and France were at war almost permanently between 1792 and 1814, it does seem strange that Napoleon Bonaparte made no effort to occupy what were almost exclusively French-speaking islands just a few miles off the French coast.

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Alderney Invasion – The night 4 Alderney Militiamen Repelled 200+ Frenchmen
Jan27

Alderney Invasion – The night 4 Alderney Militiamen Repelled 200+ Frenchmen

4 Alderney Militiamen Vs 200+ Frenchmen : Conclusion = obvious – the French lost

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The Guernsey Scottish – The Men from Guernsey who served with the Scots in WWI
Apr28

The Guernsey Scottish – The Men from Guernsey who served with the Scots in WWI

In October 1914 the States of Guernsey decided to offer volunteers from the Militia to serve overseas. As part of the agreement to offer these men, these ‘sub-unit’s were to be kept together with a Guernsey identity. This is the story of one of those units the 9th Scottish Divisional Ammunition Column and teh Guernseymen that made it up.

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The Guernsey Irishmen – The Men from Guernsey who fought with the Irish in WWI
Apr24

The Guernsey Irishmen – The Men from Guernsey who fought with the Irish in WWI

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the Guernsey the Militia was mobilised in order to free the Regular Army units of the garrison for overseas service. The States of Guernsey decided to offer volunteers from the Militia to serve overseas. The majority in 1915 went to the 16th Irish Division. This is their story.

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When ‘The Prince of Wales’ brought Slaughter and Mayhem to Guernsey
Apr18

When ‘The Prince of Wales’ brought Slaughter and Mayhem to Guernsey

From the loss of Normandy by King John in 1204 until the Papal Bull of Pope Sixtus IV in 1480 granting the Channel Islands neutrality, Guernsey suffered frequent attacks, sieges and invasions at the hands of the French. One of the bloodiest and best recorded was an invasion which was immortalised in the Guernsey folk ballad La Déscente des Aragousais or The Ballad of Yvon de Galles.

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The Battle of Jersey
Jan03

The Battle of Jersey

Guernsey and Jersey, along with the other Channel Islands lived, for hundreds of years right on the front line of conflict between Britain and France. Islanders had to train and be ready to fight to defend their homes at a moments notice. On 6th January 1781 this threat went from ‘potential’ to ‘actual’ when a French force landed undetected in Jersey. The ensuing conflict became known as “The Battle of Jersey”.

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Guernsey and the English Civil War
Nov15

Guernsey and the English Civil War

A brief look at what happend in Guernsey during this pivotal moment in British History

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The Enemy Within – The Day the Guernsey Militia faced down a Mutiny
May31

The Enemy Within – The Day the Guernsey Militia faced down a Mutiny

The Guernsey Militia has a long and proud history of defending the Island. But what was to be done when the English Regiment sent to help the Militia in its defense duties turns out to be the enemy itself. In 1783 the Militia had to face this very problem.

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The Guernsey Militia : A Short History – Part II
Mar12

The Guernsey Militia : A Short History – Part II

Guernsey and the other Channel Islands lived for hundreds of years right on the front line of conflict between Britain and France. Islanders had to train and be ready to fight to defend their homes at a moments notice. To do this a Guernsey Militia was formed. In this article we track it’s illustrious history.

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The Guernsey Militia : A Short History – Part I
Mar08

The Guernsey Militia : A Short History – Part I

Guernsey and the other Channel Islands lived for hundreds of years right on the front line of conflict between Britain and France. Islanders had to train and be ready to fight to defend their homes at a moments notice. To do this a Guernsey Militia was formed. In this article we track it’s illustrious history.

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The RGLI – Royal Guernsey Light Infantry
Sep21

The RGLI – Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

“the war to end all wars” … that’s what it was called. No country in Europe was immune from its effects and Guernsey was no exception. In this article we look at the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, Guernsey’s response to Britain’s call to arms.

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