20 November 2013

Festung Guernsey

Festung Guernsey is a series of 10 books, which provide a unique perspective on the history of the  Channel Islands Occupation. It is a study of the fortifications built by the Germans, written by the occupiers themselves.

In 1944 Lieutenant Colonel Hubner was charged with making a record of the immense fortifications. His team was drawn from the Divisionskartenstelle, the Divisional Cartographic Section, with some fourteen non-commissioned officers working across: drawing, photography, cartography, calligraphy and printing. The result is a stunning and comprehensive picture of the fortifications and a complete guide to their workings.

Festung Guernsey consists of 22 chapters and was originally published as a limited edition of 135, two-volume sets, bound in leather. The original work, being made by hand was only printed on the right hand pages, this means that the publishers have been able to provide a full translation on the left hand page, while retaining the original layout.

This paperback version consists of 10 separate volumes, each consisting of 1,2 or 3 chapters and replicates the page numbering of the original edition. 

The titles published so far are:

  • Part 1 chapters 3.1 & 3.2 
    St Martins Point to St Sampsons

  • Part 2 chapters 3.3, 3.4 & 3.5
    Bordeaux Harbour -  Fort Doyle - Le Houmet
  • Part 3 chapters 3.6, 4.1 & 4.2
    Grandes Rocques - Fort Richmond - Fort Sausmarez
  • Part 4 - chapters 4.3, 4.4 & 4.5
    Rocquaine - Torteval - Corbiere
  • Part 5 - chapters 4.6, 4.7 & 4.8
    Pointe de la Moye - Icart - Fort George
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