The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Imagine if someone knocked on your door tonight and said that invasion by the enemy was imminent.   “Pack a small bag for your children and have them at the harbour early tomorrow morning so they can be evacuated to a safer place.”     That’s exactly what happened on Guernsey in the Channel Islands in June 1940.    The British government of the day decided that troops couldn’t be spared to defend the island.   Four fifths of the children and almost half Guernsey’s population managed to leave for England prior to the attack. Parents farewelled their children at the dock on 19 June. Sadly, due to the limited number of boats and lack of time, not all those who wished to be evacuated left the island prior to the attack.   The island was occupied by the Germans for the following five long and difficult years.