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In the summer of 1940, Britain stood perilously close to invasion. One by one, the nations of Europe had fallen to the unstoppable German Blitzkrieg, and Hitler's sights were set on the English coast. And yet, following the success of the Battle of Britain, the promised invasion never came. The prospect of German jackboots landing on British soil retreated into the realm ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Lavrentiy
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-2019
This was a delightful read, because I had absolutely no idea that any of it happened. It's so rare to pick up a book where you don't know anything about the subject matter it covers, but this was completely new to me and I'm absolutely stunned that I never even heard a whisper of it before. I grew up in the UK! WWII is a big deal around these parts! And yet, I did not know that any of this had happened until I saw this book and read the back of it.

In terms of subject matter, it's perhaps not so
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Nathan Martin
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a superbly written book, detailing the experiences of people who lived in the Channel Islands during the Nazis occupation of them in WWII. It strikes the perfect balance of humour in describing how people resisted Nazi control, feeling of abandonment when Churchill decided not to defend the islands, the fear and damage that came from the brutal treatment of the Channel Islanders at the hands of the Nazis at times and finally how people tried to adapt to life again once the islands were ...more
Mike Low
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Duncan Barrett has produced a very readable and informative book on the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. The personal stories of the Islanders are very thought - provoking. Its a brilliant book!
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Duncan grew up in London and read English at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is the editor of Ronald Skirth's First World War memoir The Reluctant Tommy (Macmillan, 2010) and co-author of Star Trek: The Human Frontier (Polity, 2000) and Zippy and Me: The Remarkable Life in Puppets of Rainbow's Ronnie Le Drew (forthcoming, 2011). He also works as an actor and occasional theatre director.