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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ
This is a great book! LIVING WITH THE ENEMY covers the Channel Island Occupation by the Germans from '40 to '45.
I am bewildered by the stories of the Occupation. And befuddled that this part of history is relatively unknown outside the Channel Island.
I have rarely come across a historical book that is so easily read, intelligent, heart-touching, hardhitting...
Published on 20 Jun. 2000 by hyant@hotmail.com

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Quite long but interesting
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ, 20 Jun. 2000
This review is from: Living with the Enemy: An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First Hand Accounts by People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945 (Paperback)
This is a great book! LIVING WITH THE ENEMY covers the Channel Island Occupation by the Germans from '40 to '45.
I am bewildered by the stories of the Occupation. And befuddled that this part of history is relatively unknown outside the Channel Island.
I have rarely come across a historical book that is so easily read, intelligent, heart-touching, hardhitting and thought-provoking.
LIVING WITH THE ENEMY has opened an important piece of history to me that otherwise I would not have known.
It is a true legacy to history and belongs up there with the serious tomes of WWII.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique record in British history., 27 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Living with the Enemy: An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First Hand Accounts by People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945 (Paperback)
The German occupation of the Channel Islands is a subject which has always caused controversy.This book is both well researched,well balanced,and lays to rest many myths.
It has the interesting aspect of first hand accounts from both the occupying German forces and the British people,as well as a superb range of photographs.It also brings into focus the human element while relating them to the wider perspective of Europe at war.
A good read for military historians and Joe public alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stretch, 1 Oct. 2011
Living With The Enemy was produced in 1995 by Simon Watkins and was first published in the same year. It has been the best selling German Occupation title in the Channel Islands ever since and has sold over 70,000 copies and it is easy to see why.

If its good enough for Jack Higgins its good enough for me! I think these reviews just about say it all.

"Living With The Enemy is a stunning account of how a small population with a belief in themselves, their own integrity and loyalty to the Crown were able to stand up to a country which at one time controlled the whole of Europe but most importantly played their own part in the eventual destruction of the Third Reich."

Jack Higgins - Master thriller writer and international bestseller.

"I am bewildered by the stories of the Occupation and befuddled that this part of history is relatively unknown outside the Channel Islands. I have rarely come across a historical book that is so easily read, intelligent, heart-touching, hard-hitting and thought-provoking.

LIVING WITH THE ENEMY has opened an important piece of history to me that otherwise I would not have known. It is a true legacy to history and belongs up there with the serious tomes of WWII. Highly recommended."

Hyan Thiboutot from the Amazon.co.uk sales team.

"The German occupation of the Channel Islands is a subject that has always caused controversy. This book is both well researched, well balanced, and lays to rest many myths.

It has the interesting aspect of first hand accounts from both the occupying German forces and the British people, as well as a superb range of photographs. It also brings into focus the human element while relating them to the wider perspective of Europe at war.

A good read for military historians and Joe public alike"

An Amazon.co.uk Customer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 19 July 1999
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This review is from: Living with the Enemy: An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First Hand Accounts by People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945 (Paperback)
This book is excellently written. It tells the real story of how life was when the Channel Islands was occupied by Germany. Real people tell their own story in their own words which makes it easy to read and to see what they went through during that time. It is very educational and should be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reactions to an excellent book, 16 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Living with the Enemy: An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First Hand Accounts by People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945 (Paperback)
'Living with the Enemy' provides an in-depth study of how the Channel Island population - of those that remained to experience neary 5 years of German occupation - and covers 4 of the main islands being Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. What came over to me was the feeling that if you followed the German rules of occupation then life was relatively quiet and continued on for certainly the first 3 years without undue hardship, compared to mainland European countries that suffered a much stricter regime. The book conveyed a mutual respect between occupier and the occupied as the Germans themselves regarded a posting to the Islands as a quiet retreat away from other war fronts. Life did harden later in the occupation particuarly following the D Day invasion when eventually the Islands were cut off from receiving supplies. Guernsey experienced English investigative commando landings which caused problems particuarly with concealing the soldiers from the Germans though a truce ended with surrenders and transport to POW camps in Europe.Overall the book was revealing and I found myself almost living the life, having previously watched the 'Enemy at the Door' vintage TV series [available as a boxed set of 8 episodes - great value and highly recommended!]. The book is inexpensive, excellent value and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness accounts from both sides, 14 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Living with the Enemy: An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First Hand Accounts by People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945 (Paperback)
Both hard and soft-cover versions available, published by Channel Island publishing.
This book by journalist Roy McLoughlin is a fascinating insight into the history of the largely forgotten 5 year Occupation of the Channel Islands, the only portion of the British Isles to ever come under Nazi rule, and which saw the undefended islands of Guernsey and Jersey taken over and Alderney completely evacuated.
The foreword is by Jack Higgins (of EAGLE HAS LANDED fame). Richly illustrated throughout with both German and English sourced photographs (although the single picture on the front cover is clearly a modern posed picture) this is well researched and helpfully indexed and goes the extra mile to include views of the occupation from the German perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living with the enemy, 19 Jun. 2013
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Very interesting book for me as I have visited Jersey Many times as my brother lives on the island.I particularly liked the interviews with the German occupiers and their opinions of us English.Anybody who has not been to the Channel islands are missing a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough existance, 28 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Living with the Enemy: An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First Hand Accounts by People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945 (Paperback)
I have two books on the Channel Islands occupation, this one and one written by a professional journalist. Both books cover much of the same ground but this one is easier to read as it tells the facts in a no nonsense way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 18 Feb. 2013
A good historic read with several references from islanders that experienced the German occupation also included several photographs of the war years. A good read worth buying
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 4 April 2013
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After living for thirty years in Guernsey I found this book very interesting and gave a real insight into what it was like to live in the island during the occupation.
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