The Occupation of the Channel Islands
February 23, 2014 10:49 AM Subscribe
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Winston Churchill famously said, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills". And although Winston never had contend with an invasion force on the streets of London, he was not entirely successful
in keeping the Germans from occupying British soil.
The Channel islands, which lay just off the coast of France, were the only part of Britain to be invaded and occupied during WWII. Made up of five islands (Jersey
), they were partially evacuated of civilians after being deemed indefensible and then soon after occupied by German forces during the Summer of 1940. The Germans set up fortifications
on the shores, rounded up and registered
the few Jews left on the island, and built concentration camps
on Alderney using slave labor. There is evidence of both resistance
amongst the citizens during their five years of captivity. After the Normandy invasion, supply lines were cut and everyone (Germans and British alike) struggled with starvation until the Red Cross
was able to get through. The end finally came on May 9th, 1945 when the Germans on the island surrendered, which is celebrated every year as Liberation Day
on the islands.