Hitler's England tells the story of the British Channel Islands under German occupation from 1940 to 1945. There was collaboration and resistance, heroism and infamy, repression and violence, denunciation and deportation. But, there was also the everyday life between the conquerors and the conquered. 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.
I have a special Investigative interest in the Channel Islands, especially during WWII. This is interesting.
“Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword” – R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895
All of it is themed on the mistaken assumption that the Germans were poised to invade Britain even though everyone knows today (and Churchill knew then) that Operation Sea Lion was nothing more than a bluff and that the Kriegsmarine was not anywhere nearly powerful enough to invade Albion. Churchill could therefore confidently rebuff German peace offers even though he assumed that the United States would have to bail them out regardless.
Of course the documentary tries to make it heartwarming with only the usual propaganda ─ Soviet subhumans worked to death building the Atlantic Wall, and two island woman gassed, one at Auschwitz and the other at Ravensbruck. After D-Day the island got cut off and Churchill tried to starve them out. At least they point out that the German garrison never stole food from the islanders, even if Churchill held up their Red Cross packages.
When I think of the German occupation of the Channel Islands I can hardly help but think of the 1971 Disney musical film that we were shown endlessly in school ─ Bedknobs and Broomsticks, with Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson ─ which has the Nazis occupying an English coastal town and being thwarted by kids and amateur witchcraft.