Island at War

Island at War

DVD - 2005
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One of the little-known stories of WWII is the fate of the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Isles invaded and occupied by the Germans. Tells the story through the eyes of three island families and the German soldiers with whom their lives become intertwined.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2005]
Edition: U.K. broadcast ed
ISBN: 9781569387528
Branch Call Number: DVD I
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 398 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 24, 2018

A glimpse of what life may have looked like during the beginning of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. This is the third production I've watched about this subject, and I rank them in the following order, as to how they tell the story of the occupation: ENEMY AT THE DOOR - 9 (a TV series, dated but superbly written and performed, deals with a wide variety of the war time conditions and struggles, giving the more fullest understanding of the occupation); THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY - 10 (my favourite movie of 2018, fantastic cast, wonderful performances, well written and told from the point of view of a small group of islanders); ISLAND AT WAR - 7 (good cast, some favourite actors, good performances but rather rambling story telling that doesn't do full justice to the potential stories and feels as though the writer didn't know how to resolve the piece). So, I highly recommend sourcing out the first two (I found ENEMY on DVD at this, our Library, and GUERNSEY on Netflix) and, if you enjoy the work of Laurence Fox, Sam Heughan, Joanne Froggatt, Clare Holman and Owen Teale, I found this series on DVD, as will you, at this Library, as well. [Historical Drama]

Aug 31, 2017

Had the British, and particularly the Americans, Allies, been as inept and ineffective as this pathetic bunch of Islanders, we'd probably all be speaking German now. Somehow it all fell to the Baron to make things come out right--a pretty stupid concept.

Jul 30, 2017

Not nearly as well done as others in this genre. Acting is rather wooden and dated.

Feb 05, 2017

Pretty good miniseries about the occupation of a Channel Island (the fictional St. Gregory) during WWII. It got a bit melodramatic for me with romantic relations between Islanders and Germans. The Germans did occupy the islands of Jersey and Guernsey during the War hoping for a launching pad to invade England. This series has 6 episodes about an hour each starting in 1940 (I believe). It ends rather abruptly, locals get caught, the Germans are still there, no indication of the War ending or the ally victory.

Jul 26, 2016

Enjoyed this series very much. Tracks with other movies and tv series on the Channel Islands during Nazi occupation. I only wish they had followed up with Vol II which would take us to the end of the occupation and surrender of the German occupying force. Story moves well with very few dialogue soft spots.

Nov 29, 2015

This is a great series on a community on the Channel Islands and the invasion and occupation WWII by the Nazis. The cast is amazing, acting fantastic and the story compelling. It does end leaving one hanging. Too bad they didn't make a follow up season leading to the end of the war and occupation.

Oct 30, 2015

Such a good presentation of how the folks coped with being occupied by the Nazi's as they used this island as a staging place to bomb England. Very good - well worth your time.

SPARKY_M Feb 06, 2014

Another great historical drama, with amazing acting. I have always been interested in the fate of the Channel Islands during the second war, and this series shows it very well. I watched it several years ago when it was first in the library catalogue. I am disappointed that there are no more available. However I am glad to hear that the series is available on Net Flicks.

Jul 20, 2011

started this recently. looks like good quality.


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