«; More World War Two. The Channels Islands were the only British isles to be occupied during WWII. No islanders joined active German military units though a small number of UK men who had been stranded on the islands at the start of the occupation joined up from prison.  On 10 May 1940, Germany attacked the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg by air and land and the war stepped closer. The Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to have been occupied by German forces in World War II. Ecstatic crowds greet British Officers from the Liberating British Force 135 outside the Royal Court House in St. Peter Port. The message in Guernsey was changed to an anti-evacuation one; in total, 5,000 school children and 12,000 adults out of 42,000 were evacuated.  The Germans estimated their troops had been responsible for fathering 60 to 80 out of wedlock births in the Channel Islands. Resistance involved passive resistance, acts of minor sabotage, sheltering and aiding escaped slave workers, and publishing underground newspapers containing news from BBC radio. John Ingrouille: aged 15, found guilty of treason and espionage and sentenced to five years hard labour. In Alderney, the occupying Germans built four camps in which over 700 people out of a total worker population of about 6,000 died. The Channel Islands were not liberated early because to do so would have wasted many lives in doing so and devastated the islands. Though Guernsey and Jersey were liberated on May 9th, Sark was liberated on May 10th, and Alderney, not until May 16th.  Three Jewish women of Austrian and Polish nationality, Therese Steiner, Auguste Spitz, and Marianne Grünfeld, had fled Central Europe to Guernsey in the 1930s but had been unable to leave Guernsey as part of the evacuation in 1940 because they were excluded by UK law. The Jersey Society in London, which had been formed in 1896, provided a focal point for exiled Jerseymen. The Channel Islands were the only British territory to be occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. Liberation 75: Marking the Channel Islands' freedom from Nazi rule This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Channel Islands liberation. 1. Instead they settled down, with few overt signs of resistance, to a hard, dull but relatively peaceful five years of occupation, in which more than half the population was working for the Germans. The fear of internment caused suicides in all three islands. Castle Cornet sits at the mouth of Guernsey’s St. peter Port harbour. Around 2000 Spaniards who had taken refuge in France after the Spanish Civil War and who had been interned were handed over for forced labour. During WWII how were the Channel Islands occupied by the Germans become liberated?  Islanders joined in Churchill's V sign campaign by daubing the letter "V" (for Victory) over German signs. As a result of resentment by the local population about not being allowed to control their own land, the Home Office set up an enquiry that led to the "Government of Alderney Law 1948", which came into force on 1 January 1949. :307 Part of this debt was met by a "gift" from the UK government of £3,300,000 which was used to reimburse islanders who had suffered damage and loss. This was not a possibility that the British had envisaged. That wouldn’t just be the lives of combatants, but of the islanders too. The anti-Jewish measures were not carried out systematically. The authorities in Alderney, having no direct communication with the UK, recommended that all islanders evacuate, and all but a handful did so. Others participated in non-violent resistance activities. It is not that they made some mistakes that is surprising, but that they did so much right in circumstances of the greatest possibly difficulty.". " Sherwill seems to have expressed the views of a majority of the islanders on 18 July 1940 when he complained about a series of abortive raids by British commandos on Guernsey. The BBC broadcast a belated message that the islands had been declared "open towns" and later in the day reported the German bombing of the island. One family lived in Herm Island and Lihou was abandoned. The Battle of France was reaching its climax on Empire Day, 24 May, when King George VI addressed his subjects by radio, saying, "The decisive struggle is now upon us ... Let no one be mistaken; it is not mere territorial conquest that our enemies are seeking. The issue of islanders' collaboration with the Germans remained quiescent for many years, but was ignited in the 1990s with the release of wartime archives and the subsequent publication of a book titled The Model Occupation: The Channel Islands under German Rule, 1940–1945 by Madeleine Bunting. After the occupation, the islanders used some of the fortifications for other purposes, but most were stripped out in scrap drives (and by souvenir hunters) and left abandoned. On 19 June 1940, the Channel Islands were officially demilitarised and abandoned to the enemy by the British Government. 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