Jewels and Jackboots, by John Nettles, Hitler's British Channel Islands

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Jewels and Jackboots - Hitler's British Channel Islands
By John Nettles

This book was born of a series of documentary films about the German Occupation of the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945 entitled The Channel Islands at War (see the DVD below). It is also the fulfilment of an ambition to tell in much more detail than was possible in those documentaries, the true story of those extraordinary years.

With narrative told largely through the words of those who actually endured those years, the reader cannot fail to be touched by this fascinating account, which is accompanied by photographs that illustrate the progress of the Occupation every step of the way.

An Amazon.com review:

“John Nettles has given the world a part of history totally unknown to many. This book is informative and thought provoking. It makes us proud of those who preserved dignity in a horrible time and ashamed of those who took advantage and failed to protect their own (including the highest leaders). Thank you for giving us more of the truth.”

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The Channel Islands At War - The DVD (PAL)
Written and Presented by John Nettles

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?

Actor John Nettles, who became famous for his portrayal of Jersey detective Jim Bergerac, is the writer and presenter of this fascinating three-part documentary. 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 which they do most eloquently.

The story that emerges is complex, heart-rending and enthralling. It is the story of ordinary people many of whom became extraordinary as they lived through the harsh and bitter years of the German Occupation.

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“I think John Nettles provides a thoughtful and balanced exposition on a subject still fraught with emotion for some residents of Jersey, even after all these years. I learned a great deal about the Occupation and realized, through viewing this DVD,that it was indeed a complex, many layered experience,fascinating and at times quite chilling, and the only glimpse we have of what it would have been like during a possible greater Nazi occupation of Britain. I understand that Nettles received flak from some quarters on Jersey for discussing the "collaboration" issue, but I thought he did a wonderful job of presenting this aspect of the Occupation of Jersey, not pointing fingers or accusing, only enlightening. Bravo, I say!”

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Living with the Enemy

The story of what really happened in the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the German forces during World War II

Living With The Enemy tells the amazing true story of life in the British Channel Islands during 1940 to 1945 under Nazi rule.

With eye-witness accounts by the people who lived through that traumatic time it draws on first hand experiences and includes a superb collection of over 125 original war time photographs.

This book will give you 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.

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“More intimate perspective of German occupation of the only British sovereign territory -- the Channel Islands. McLoughlin gives us personal, insightful examination of occupation that brings the history of the era to a balanced, illuminated state. Living with the Enemy gives us a unique glimpse into what it was like. Highly recommended.”

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