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The German Military Occupation of Guernsey
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Over many centuries, the Channel Islands have been seen as a strategic gateway to invading British soil. They were the only part of the British Isles to end up under enemy rule during the Second World War - and became known as part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall. Delve into the history of the German occupation of Guernsey during this tour that visits an underground museum and Fort Hommet.
Head southwards passing Havelet Bay en route to La Vallette Military Museum, housed within tunnels designed to be used as refueling tanks for the German U-boat fleet. Along the way, your driver-guide will provide commentary.
After independent time to visit this fascinating Museum, your coach heads away from the St. Peter Port skyline and onwards through the parish of St. Martin and out to the most south-westerly part of Guernsey’s rugged coastline at Pleinmont Point. Here you will have the chance to explore a fully restored German gun emplacement, as well as passing a high Observation Tower, with other Direction Finding towers built using the Nazi trademark steel reinforced concrete construction methods.
As you travel back down to sea level, take in views of the many fortifications from both the Napoleonic era and the more recent German Occupation. Pass one of the most iconic historic constructions - the Martello Tower situated at Rocquaine Bay, known as Fort Grey - which was built to deter Napoleon's invasion forces.
Your drive takes you along the west coast to another Martello Tower, adapted by the Germans during the occupation and with a fully restored gun site situated on the headland, overlooking the spectacular Vazon Bay. After time for a few photos, head back through the center of the island to St Peter Port Harbour, passing many buildings which were commandeered by the military during what was said to be a 'model occupation'.
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Note: Commentary on this tour is provided by a driver/guide.
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