I dont know if this has already been broached but just wondered if it was proven or not, WORLD WAR TWO MYTH EXPOSED AS GERMAN LANDING ON THE ISLAND IS CONFIRMEDIt has always been claimed that no German landing party ever set foot on British soil. Nevertheless speculation of a German raid at St Lawrence has been circulating amongst a few interested parties for some time. It recently went public when a web site invited any locals with knowledge of the event to come forward. We now learn that extensive research by an Island author has confirmed the raid and that he plans to publish a book exposing the full story The incident is said to have come to light some years ago when an Islander visiting Germany was confronted with a German war veteran who claimed to have taken part in the landing. He said it was a commando raid intended to capture equipment at an Island radar station, thought to be the low level unit at St Lawrence. The small party arrived by gunboat and scaled the cliff. They had anticipated little more than Home Guard resistance but were in fact confronted by regular soldiers. A fire fight ensued before the Germans eventually retreated without losses. Some doubted the validity of the story on grounds the raid would have surely become local knowledge and thus revealed long ago. Others felt this type of incident would have been hushed up at the time for reasons of morale and the demand for secrecy may have lingered on. Adrian Searle, author of Isle of Wight at War, has now revealed he has been researching the event for some time and confirms the raid certainly took place. He says it was launched out of German occupied Alderney in 1941. Even more surprising is the revelation that the operation was a partial success in that some equipment was taken and one or two British personnel were captured, presumably for interrogation. This would have been of considerable embarrassment to the authorities and explains why news of the event never leaked out. Indeed there is a suggestion that reference to the raid has been permanently removed from military archives. There is more to be revealed and Adrian anticipates his publication of the full story will cause a something of a sensation. Thanks if i have posted in wrong place please move. Alan.