The Channel Islands At War

The Channel Islands At War

Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  August 30, 2016

Actor John Nettles, famous for his portrayal of Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders is the writer and presenter of this fascinating three-part documentary. There is no agreed and settled history of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands and the subject still arouses a great deal of passion and indeed anger. What did go on in those years? Was there widespread collaboration? Did the civilian authorities actively help the Germans to round up Jews? Was there any resistance in the Islands and, if so, who were the resistors? And why did Britain abandon the Islands so completely to their fate and in such strange circumstances? These programmes attempt to answer some of these questions by using archive film footage, talking to the historians, expert in this subject and most importantly by letting the survivors of that awful time speak for themselves. The story that emerges is complex, heart-rending and enthralling.

Actor John Nettles, famous for his portrayal of Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders is the writer and presenter of this fascinating three-part documentary. There is no agreed and settled history of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands and the subject still arouses a great deal of passion and indeed anger. What did go on in those years? Was there widespread collaboration? Did the civilian authorities actively help the Germans to round up Jews? Was there any resistance in the Islands and, if so, who were the resistors? And why did Britain abandon the Islands so completely to their fate and in such strange circumstances? These programmes attempt to answer some of these questions by using archive film footage, talking to the historians, expert in this subject and most importantly by letting the survivors of that awful time speak for themselves. The story that emerges is complex, heart-rending and enthralling.

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