World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Men in Manacles

A Commando raid on the wild and beautiful Channel Island of Sark last fortnight started the combatant armies of World War II around the vicious circle of reprisal.

A German officer and four soldiers were trussed to their captors for safekeeping. Berlin let out a self-righteous yelp: this was inhumane treatment and would have to be answered in kind by ordering the shackling of Canadians and Britons caught in the raid on Dieppe. Berlin had raised the yelp before—after Dieppe, where the Canadians had been ordered to truss up their German captives to keep them from destroying valuable information.

The British denied...

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