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Defending Jerrybags

The German occupation of the Channel Islands still haunts Britain's image of itself at war. The Jerrybags who slept with German soldiers are a reminder that the bulldog breed collaborated too. But Colin Smith argues that we should not jump to conclusions-the Islands were unlike any other part of occupied Europe

By Colin Smith   April 1997

On one of those rocky islands that came to the English crown with William the Conqueror lives a certain lady-I will call her Mrs Bovary. She has been called much worse.

Every Sunday Mrs Bovary is driven to church by her husband in their large estate car with automatic gears. They are a handsome old couple, the sort whom it is easy to imagine in their prime. She petite with shapely legs giving no clue to the arthritic hip. He lean, silver topped, just slightly stooped.

They enter the church together, she leaning gently on his left forearm. They nod…

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