The Occupation Of The Channel Islands

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Village of St. Aubin, Jersey. Source: (gettyimages.com)

Nestled along the coast of France's Cotentin Peninsula in the English Channel, the British Crown Dependencies of Jersey and Guernsey are among the most fascinating destinations in Europe for any World War II history buff. From June 1940 until May 9, 1945, the people of these islands lived under occupation in the only British territory lost to the Germans during the entire war.

The unique and tragic story of these islands has inspired historians, authors, and filmmakers since the end of the war. Even Netflix got involved when their original film The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society debuted in 2018. The real story, however, wasn't as romantic or simple as some of the books and movies make it out to be.