Cruikshank, Charles.


Stroud, illustrated, ed., 1990. Xviii + 310 pp., photo-ills. P.c., 24 x 17cm. Crease to corner of cover o/w V.G.+. Based on official records this is the official history of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The author gives a full account of the invasion, of the subsequent landing of a succession of British agents, of actual and projected raids, and of a psychological warfare attempt to end the occupation. He also describes the conditions under which the Islanders and the Wehrmacht lived, and the scale of resistance and collaboration. He explains for the first time Hitler’s order to deport 2,000 United Kingdom-born Islanders, which mystified both natives and the occupation army, and he shows that the occupation was regarded as a trial run for the occupation of Britain.

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