Did you know that the Channel Islands (an island group that lies off the coast of France) is actually part of the British Crown Dependency? Maybe you did, I don’t know, but I bet you didn’t know that during the war these Islands were actually occupied by the Nazis? So it that respect a part of Britain was once under Nazi control?
In 1940, with France fallen and the British not doing particularly well, we pulled our troops from these picturesque islands, leaving them open for Nazi attack, an attack that certainly came. For the next 5 years, the Island was under occupation and was only liberated in 1945 with Germany’s defeat.I did my degree in history, I have a place on a Holocaust Masters for next year and this is a story that really does fascinate me.
If you read my blog normally then this post will probably surprise you, but trust me it has a purpose. Currently I am writing a novel about this period, about a young lady who falls in love with a German Soldier. While my story is entirely fictional, it is set during an actual event and there were women that did have affairs with German’s, these were called Jerrybag’s.
I really want people’s feed back on my novel and have therefore decided that sometime next week I will share an extract of my book for you, but for now, I wanted to set the scene a little.
A few years ago I went to visit Guernsey, the second largest of the Islands and it is such a beautiful place. All over the Island there are remnants of their Nazi past, because the German’s left concrete bunkers everywhere. While these could be seen as ugly and a hinderous, they have been put to excellent use and they make the strongest sea defence system.
I loved seeing the bunkers, for me they brought the story alive and I found each one an adventure in itself. I would advise anyone to go there, and have included some of my pictures below! 🙂 (I apologise that there are so many, but it was hard to narrow it down, so what the heck).
Have you ever been to the Channel Islands?