The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans in World War II. Despite there being little military resistance to the German arrival, the Germans saw it as a considerable propaganda coup, using it to send the message that the mainland would be next. However, Churchill was in a defiant mood and demanded that the armed forces should take the war back to the enemy. The formation of the Commandos did just that and ensured that the Channel Islands were not forgotten in the British war plans.
The Island Raiders traces the history of the seven raids on the Channel Islands, assessing their successes and failures and the impact that these raids had on the war. In addition to the raids that were conducted, Will Fowler also takes a detailed look at the proposed raids which were never acted on, such as those proposed by Mountbatten in 1943 that could have seen higher losses suffered by the Allies than at Dieppe.
In addition to the British raids on the islands, this insightful book also offers analysis of the 1945 Granville Raid, launched by the Germans from the Channel Islands on mainland France in a bid to release POWs and cause chaos for the Allied-held port, manned at the time by American forces.
Island Raiders: the Commandos, the Channel Islands and the German Raid on Granville by Will Fowler