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Fortifying Guernsey - Paul Bourgaize
The planned invasion of the Channel Islands codenamed Grune Pfeile (Green Arrow) had evolved during June 1940. The German High Command was unsure whether or not the islands were defended. Various reconnaissance sorties were flown over the Islands ending with a bombing raid on the harbour facilities of both Guernsey and Jersey. Meeting little opposition it was decided to proceed with the planned invasion. This would involve Stuka dive bombers to soften up the coastal defences followed by landing craft carrying troops armed with light weapons to take the beaches.
A Summary of the German Occupation and Defences of Alderney - Trevor G. Davenport
The events that led to the German invasion of the Channel Islands are well documented and need only be summarised here.
The British Government had concluded after the Great War of 1914-1918 that the Islands were of little strategic value and to defend them would serve no military purpose. With the Germans rapidly advancing westwards in June 1940, the remaining British troops were withdrawn and the Islands were demilitarised. However, the failure of the British Government to inform the Germans of this led to the bombing of St. Helier and St. Peter Port on 28 June 1940.