The film “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society”, released in 2018 , has thrust Guernsey onto the World stage and has again highlighted to the world that the Channel Islands were the ONLY part of Britain to be occupied by the Nazis in World War II.
World War II is but a distant memory to an ever dwindling number of people but here in Guernsey we see daily reminders of it from our museums to the copious crumbling bunkers and watchtowers that litter our coast. These salient reminders often stand next to or even on top of older Napoleonic era forts put there to guard not against British invasion, like their German counterparts, but against French invasion.
In this article we can’t hope to cover the German Occupation in the necessary detail to do it justice or to even express adequately the pain and suffering of islanders in a time that must surely be one of our islands most darkest ordeals in its long history. Instead we simply offer up a short link to a video interview of some people who were actually there !