The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by German forces during World War Two. Hitler was proud of the conquest, which he saw as just the first part of his inevitable domination of Britain. He ordered a huge input of manpower and resources to make them fortress islands that could withstand Allied defence forces. A vast network of tunnels, underground bunkers and fortifications was built on the island of Jersey during the five-year occupation, largely by slave labour.
Today, the Jersey War Tunnels Museum tells the story of the occupation. Join Dheera Sujan and guide Joanna Falla to hear about life on the island during the war and after liberation.
Producer: Dheera Sujan
Broadcast: June 7, 2005