“The Germans laid barbed wire all along. They mined all the beaches. They set these gun positions all over. Put up the lookout towers. Turned Guernsey into a fortress.”
See inside Guernsey’s bunkers. Courtesy of VisitGuernsey
  • Inside the Bunkers
  • Slave Labour

By 1944 Guernsey’s coastline was covered in concrete fortifications. Hundreds of reinforced bunkers, gun emplacements and tunnels were constructed, transforming the tiny archipelago into the most fortified place on earth. A colossal 8% of the entire Atlantic Wall’s concrete was poured into the Islands and they held more guns than the neighbouring 600 miles of Normandy coastline.

Thousands of foreign prisoners and labourers were shipped to the Islands to complete the construction. Skilled labourers brought over from Germany and Europe were provided with a suitable wage. The manual labourers - mainly prisoners of war - were treated like slaves, housed in camps, poorly fed and forced to work long hours without respite.

Some of the gun emplacements and bunkers on the coast have been fully restored. Courtesy of VisitGuernsey
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