New book: Across the Channel

Major-General Sir Donald Banks KCB MC DSO TD

Major-General Sir Donald Banks (1891-1975) will be the next Guernseyman to be honoured with a Blue Plaque on 8 May 2020.

To coincide with this event, we will be launching Across the Channel, his memoirs which he wrote in the 1960s, but have never been published.

The book describes his remarkable career from commanding the 10th Essex Regiment in WW1, becoming the first Director-General of the Post Office, Permanent Secretary to the Air Ministry, and his service in WW2 from his evacuation from Boulogne as part of the British Expeditionary Force to the Petroleum Warfare Department, responsible for the innovative application of the nation’s fuel stocks to the war effort, such as FIDO (fog dispersal at airfields) and PLUTO (pipeline under the ocean).

You can pre-order your copy using the link below – and it will be delivered once it is launched in May.

For more details of events to mark this event can be found at the Heritage 75 Festival website.

New book: The Ord Diaries

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the Guernsey Literary Festival we have made the reluctant decision to postpone the launch until Spring 2021.

One of the most important primary sources for those interested in the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, the diaries provide a unique insight into this traumatic period of the islands’ history.

John Nettles has edited the diaries and written an introduction.

You can find out more about this work from this short video below.

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