Liberated by Force 135, Special Commemorative Edition Book Launch and Signing: Friday, 20th March, 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jersey Museum, The Weighbridge, St Helier
9 May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands from five long years of German Occupation, July 1940 – May 1945. Fortunately for Force 135 of the British Liberation Army and the islanders, in 1945 there was no opposition from the 26,000 strong German garrison.
This new edition describes the planning of Operation ‘Nestegg’, the training and objectives of Force 135, and the reoccupation, reorganisation and rehabilitation of the Channel Islands between September 1943 and 31 August 1945. The first edition (2000) focused on September 1943 to 30 May 1945 and was described as the ‘definitive history of the Liberation of the Channel Islands’. This second edition supersedes the first as a revised and expanded definitive history.
Author Mark Lamerton has, over the years, met a plethora of Force 135 veterans, their relatives, and those who experienced 9 May 1945 first hand. Other historians, military enthusiasts, students and inquisitive visitors have also been invaluable to his research. This work has been twenty-six years in the making.
This edition, due to be launched in Jersey on 20th March 2020, is limited to 500 copies and comes in a two volume set; 250 in a numbered limited edition 75th Anniversary special commemorative slip case (£48.00) and 250 loose (£39.00). Each volume contains approximately 600 pages and is profusely illustrated throughout. Every chapter has an extensive reference section, images are referenced for ease of obtaining copies, and appendices and index are included in Volume II. This publication is a ‘must have’ for those with a passion for this unique period of Channel Island history.
For further information please contact Mark Lamerton.