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Living with the Enemy-The Story of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-1945, with eye-witness accounts from both sides. Foreword by Jack Higgins by [Loughlin, Roy Mc]
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About Living With The Enemy and the German Occupation of the Channel Islands
During the Second World War the Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by German forces. Living with the Enemy tells the unique and true story of life in the Islands under Nazi rule. With eyewitness accounts from both Islanders and German soldiers this book gives an accurate insight into this ill-assorted community at war and portrays how it felt to be living in the shadow of a foreign power. A sample of what the United Kingdom would have experienced should it have fallen. The book is 224 pages and includes over 125 original war time photographs of the Islands under Nazi rule and has a foreword by international best seller Jack Higgins.


by Jack Higgins, Master thriller writer and international bestseller

The Channel Islands hold a unique place in British history, not least because during the Second World War they were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Nazis. For five long years the Swastika flew here in place of the Union Jack and all the worst excesses of Nazi rule were present in some form or other.

The iron fist in the velvet glove policy did not last long. The Secret Field Police employed Gestapo operatives on secondment and many Islanders soon experienced the horror of the early morning knock on the door leading to brutal interrogation in a manner familiar elsewhere in occupied Europe.

Only those who experienced the Occupation know the anguish of it and it has always been particularly distressing to those who lived through it when outsiders complain that there was no resistance movement in the Islands.

Logic alone makes it clear that such action was simply not possible in so small an area and yet many thousands of Channel Islanders received prison sentences of one kind or another for contravening the law of the jackboot.

To be a Jew was a crime under the anti-Semitic laws and even keeping a radio to listen to the BBC news broadcasts meant a stiff prison sentence.

Many Islanders went further, assisting Russian slave workers and others on the run, eventually being sentenced to terms in French prisons or concentration camps such as Ravensbruck and Belsen. In some cases they died there.

As in all occupied countries a small number of people collaborated with the enemy. That fact is meaningless when considered in the context of the unfailing loyalty of the vast majority of Channel Islanders who stubbornly persisted in the face of armed might and brute force in fighting their own war of non co-operation. They never lost faith in their belief that one day liberation would come.

Living with the Enemy is a stunning account of how a small population with a belief in themselves, their own integrity and loyalty to the Crown were able to stand up to a country which at the time controlled the whole of Europe but most importantly played their own part in the eventual destruction of the Third Reich.

About Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. The Eagle Has Landed turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.

Jack Higgins has lived in Jersey for over 30 years, in which time he has taken a special interest in the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. He is also Patron of The Jersey Film Society.

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We produce a large number of books about the German Occupation of the Channel Islands and this has been our best seller by far.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9214 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Seeker Publishing; 12th edition (Sept. 29 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R20EWK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was given this book by a relative who had visited the Channel Islands, and was interested in reading it to prepare myself for a visit I will be making to the Channel Islands very shortly. I had read several other books on Guernsey and Jersey before reading this one so didn't come at it with a blank slate.This book is absolutely loaded with pictures which I found fascinating and does an excellent job giving an overview of what life was like in the various Channel Islands without going too heavily into detail. There are lots of first person memories recounted and lest anyone think the Islanders got away with it easy during the war it makes it very clear that they did not. Included in the book are several things told from the viewpoint of the Germans as well.The author stated that "the average soldier felt almost as much of a victim of the situation as the people whom he had over-run". Both the Islanders and the Germans were starving by the last year of the war, and when Red Cross parcels arrived, the Germans could not partake of them.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone planning a visit or just interested in what life was like for the Islanders living under the Nazi regime.
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HASH(0x9f968d2c) out of 5 stars Good read and generally historically accurate July 14 2012
By J. Oglesbee - Published on
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If you are interested in just what happened during the German occupation of the channel islands this is a good start. Quite interesting. Mostly accurate, although not an indepth account. Might perk you to want more. This book is somewhat the basis for the PBS TV series "Islands at War", that was well received. The series was set in the fictional setting of "St. Gregory" (that would have been Guernsey). Unfortunately, you were rather left hanging as the second season was never made. The writer died and production was stopped and we never found out what happened to the characters. This book helps a bit if you are still wondering. Most of the characters and events had a real basis in life and their fate is known.

Islands at War and Enemy at the Door are both available on Amazon as book and Video / TV series.

The channel Islands Occupation Society was formed in 1961 and has lots of information and links.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9faad234) out of 5 stars Like being there. Aug. 3 2010
By M. Fox - Published on
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Another really first rate telling about the ordinary people of the Guernsey Islands during WW2. Excellent detail,some authentic snapshots,fascinating experiences of day to day existence under the harsh rule of the Nazi occupation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9faad0b4) out of 5 stars Living with the Enemy Sept. 19 2012
By Diddy - Published on
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I am always interested in WWII stories. I didn't know anything about the occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII, so I was very eager to hear the stories of the people that inhabited the islands and how their lives were uprooted and interrupted.

The book gave an overall view, but lacked any memorable impacting stories. It was interesting, not gripping, so I was a little disappointed. Just too general with no sense of what it was like, or how they lived each day....or how it felt to have these strangers in your every day life.

Except for mentioning the few people who tried to escape or the few who helped distribute a newsletter about the war, overall it never followed any of the islanders day in and day out. Just too vague!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9faad498) out of 5 stars An Austerity Program July 31 2012
By Tori Reynolds - Published on
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"Living with the Enemy" provides information that most US citizens do not find in their history books. Seldom does anyone mention that the channel islands were invaded by the Germans during World War II. The Channel Islanders avoided the bombings suffered by their duke, the King of England, and his neighbors, but they were unable to avoid the deprivation and tension that invasion brings. Their invaders were not well provided for, either, so food and clothing and other necessities, even paper, became scarce. The book offers suggestions for surviving on almost nothing.
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HASH(0x9faadfcc) out of 5 stars A must read companion to Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Aug. 25 2012
By Alina - Published on
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This is a must read if you have read and loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel. This book gives a chronological account of the German occupation of the Channel Islands and includes invaluable memories and anecdotes from Islanders themselves of what they endured. A lot of photographs are also reproduced. Both the invaders and the occupied had an extraordinary experience and this book gives you an idea of the conflicted motivations that the Islanders experienced in trying to minimise the damage done by the Germans to their homeland and survive WWII while trying to resist at the same time with literally little room to move. It's a fascinating look at the compromises and actions of people under extreme pressure. The most interesting thing for me in reading this book was in realising what a masterful job the novel had done in accurately presenting the issues the Islanders faced. I can't say that I enjoyed the writing style which I found somewhat dry and unengaging, however the knowledge shared in this book is golden to any students of fascinating history.