Channel Islands 1941-45
Hitler's Impregnable Fortress
Publication Date: February 28, 2006
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Following the Fall of France and the surrender of Paris on 14 June 1940, the British Government announced that the Channel Islands had no strategic importance and would not be defended. The Germans occupied the islands from the end of June onwards and remained in control until the end of the war. On 10 October 1941 Hitler announced his intention to 'convert them into an impregnable fortress', and the islands formed the most heavily fortified and defended section of the entire Atlantic Wall. This book describes the design, construction and manning of these defensive positions, as well as considering more widely the occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans.
"All...told in a competent and interesting way by author Charles Stephenson. I found it fascinating as the Channel Islands are not what one normally thinks of when thinking about WWII... The illustrations of Chris Taylor are absolutely superb and along with his maps, give one a real sense of how intensive the fortifications really were... A truly interesting book on a sidelight of the war. One I found engrossing and I'm sure you will as well." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com