Learn about the Channel Islands Occupation
One of the most significant periods of history for the Channel Islands was the Occupation by German forces during World War Two.
During the Occupation, German troops went about fortifying Guernsey, building reinforced bunkers as well as adapting existing fortifications which still punctuate the coastline today. These remnants of the Occupation offer a fascinating glimpse into this turbulent part of the island’s history and are best discovered on foot while enjoying stunning coastal views, secret coves and wide sandy beaches.
The self-guided ‘Occupation reminders and folklore legend’ walk curves along the south-west coast of the island around Pleinmont headland. In addition to L’Angle, a direction-finding tower, and the imposing Batterie Dollmann, a command post, this cliff-top walk also passes ‘The Fairy Ring’ (a site linked to local folklore), the impressive Hanois lighthouse and finishes in the small fishing village of Portelet Harbour. The walk takes around 2 to 2.5 hours to complete.
In 2020, the Islands of Guernsey celebrated the 75th anniversary of their Liberation.
For more information about the destinations and its heritage, please visit www.visitguernsey.com/heritage75.
Main image Fort Pezeries © Visit Guernsey.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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