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While the Germans did not succeed in invading Britain during World War II, they occupied a number of islands in the English Channel. The English population continued to lead fairly normal lives, while the German occupiers built some of the most extensive fortifications of the Second World War. As the war progressed, British commandos made occasional attacks, resulting in harsher conditions on the islands. The German garrisons were totally isolated by the D-Day landings, but managed to hold on through the following winter to surrender in May 1945. The author, a renowned military historian, examines these questions with complete candor, in addition to his study of the famous fortifications. All of the wartime events and the islands and their fortifications as they are today are covered in the popular Battleground Europe style, with illustrations, maps and then-and-now photographs.
About the Author
Lt Col (Retd) George Forty OBE is a well known military historian with over 50 books to his credit. A veteran of the Korean War (he commanded a tank troop at the Battle of the Hook) he left the Army to pursue a writing career. From 1981 until 1993 he was Curator of the Tank Museum at Bovington. He is Editor of 'The Tank'.