The Clear Vue Publishing Company Ltd


The "Festung" is the single most important document to come out of the Occupation. Commissioned by the Commanding Officer of the German garrison Lieutenant-General Graf von Schmettow and completed in 1944 it is both a fascinating piece of history and a unique social document.

Part coffee table book and part operating manual the Festung's combination of articles and instructions, combined with hundreds of photographs, hand painted maps and  beautifully crafted watercolour panoramas of the coastline, makes it a definative guide to the fortifications.

Clear Vue are publishing the Festung Guernsey as a partwork comprising a series of paperbacks. Each volume will be perfect bound and A4 in size and will have at least two colour pages per chapter, the coastal map and fire plan, the remaining pages will be black and white.

The first volume comprises chapters 3.1 and 3.2 of Volume Two of the Festung. These two chapters detail the fortifications along the east coast from St Martins Point to St Sampsons. We have chosen these chapters as the resulting book will have a strong standalone appeal to locals and visitors alike.

In order to publish every section we are looking for subscribers who wish to commit to buying all 10 paperback volumes. The books will very in size from approximately 80 pages to as many as 144, each will cost from £15 to £20. Click here to see a breakdown of the contents of each volume Festung parts

If you would like to subscribe to the partwork version of the Festung please register your interest by email and head it Festung Subscriber. To buy copies please go to our shop page