A Child's War
The German Occupation of Guernsey as seen through young eyes...
A Child's War has sold more than 50,000 copies around the world.
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The Channel Islands were the only British Territory to be occupied during the 1939 to 1945 war. Islanders were immediately imprisoned and amongst thousands of unsmiling enemy troops, all armed with daggers, bayonets, guns and rifles. Our world was suddenly turned upside down, so what was everyday life like for a child and her family?
This story has been a tribute to my mother and to all mothers who had the worry and frustrations of bringing up children during the five years of German Occupation on the Island of Guernsey. I have appreciated being allowed to bring up daughters without traumatic experiences such as my parents had to face. I appreciate the many blessings of today and feel very privileged and fortunate to live in freedom on such a beautiful island, Sarnia Cherie*
Molly J Bihet
This book is dedicated to my dear mother, Gladys Finigan, who was always caring and cheerful to everyone and an inspiration to all who knew her in those dark days of 1940 to 1945.
"A wealth of fascinating insights into a little girl's personal war" Jill Chadwick, Guernsey Evening Press and Star, and previously of Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Today Newspapers.
Reflections of Guernsey
Molly's second book, written as a sequel to A Child's War
Further memories of Guernsey's war and freedom through the years 1949 to 1993. With these memories I have written of more "happenings", statistics and also coincidences of the German Occupation of Guernsey. remembering again our never to be forgotten Liberation Time, and afterwards our important Rehabilitation period of 1945-1946. Not forgetting the joyous and emotional homecomings of thousands of islanders after the five years of separation. The Guernsey I like to remember; the characters of old, my family, friends and guests who over the years have made the Island of Guernsey very special to me. Sarnia Cherie* (see note below)
Mum (Glad Finigan) selling poppies for the British Legion - as she did every year from 1947. For many years, she played an old Barrel Organ on Rememberance Day, and over the years raised a considerable sum of money. This photograph was taken in November 1984 when mum was eighty years of age.
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*Sarnia Cherie = "Guernsey My Dear" (Guernsey's 'national' song) Hear it here!