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Information on Arnhem

#1
My 14 year old brat is doing a project for school and has based it on the Battle of Arnhem.

Any info or links would be greatly appreciated. First hand accounts would be even better!!

He also want to have a map with the German positions on, and based on the intel ask current soldiers to come up with a plan of attack.

We have a number of books but really need some good info and maps on the subject, especially of the intel they had at the time.

Any help would be great.
 
#4
There is a film called "Theirs is the glory" made by some of the veterans one year or so after, its B & W, or do I need a new telly? It is a good insight.

Airborne Museum at the Hartenstein Hotel here http://www.airbornemuseum.org/ sell it and it is available in the Uk. They also have various other publications and posters etc

Worth a "gander" is "The grey goose of Arnhem" http://www.doullbooks.com/si/64483.html

and "It never Snows in September" a german view of the battle

http://stonebooks.com/archives/961021.shtml

They are good reading but not for a 14 year old, unless bedtime stories!!

There are various battlefield tour books available, although they do contradict and can be confusing.

Theres also this one, expensive but maybe from a library

http://www.afterthebattle.com/market.htm

Best advise is to find your local British Legion, PRA (Parachute Regiment Association) and bribe them with beer for tales....... :wink:

http://www.army.mod.uk/para/the_parachute_regimental_association/

But be warned because chaos reigned there will be many different accounts.
 
#7
Harry_Webster said:
There is a film called "Theirs is the glory" made by some of the veterans one year or so after, its B & W, or do I need a new telly? It is a good insight.

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Its awesome.

Made using the blokes that fought there, over the ground they last saw when facing the Krauts. I gather that every now and again, they asked if they could stop filming for a while - as they'd come across the place they'd buried one of their mates.

I was struck at just how skinny the blokes looked. I think it can be bought from the National Army Museum.
 
#9
wow, what a great response. Thank you all so much. My printer is now churning away and we have so much to go through.

I will hunt down a copy of Theirs is the Glory as well, that sounds good.

We have found that a lot of things did contradict each other but, as was said, chaos can do that.
We are heading over there next month and hope to have a lot of info so he can see the place he has heard so much about.

Thanks again!!
 
#11
I you do end up there, visit the 25 pdr guns on the river bank next to the John Frostburg Bridge. If you're lucky you'll bump into a guy called Sam Rosenthal who is an unofficial Arnhem battlefield guide. He normally loiters around there. He was 10 yrs old during the battle and his father owned a farm on the opposite bank. His stories and knowledge is fascinating.

His family, as they were Jewish, were all shipped off to concentration camps after the battle when the Germans levelled the city.
 
#13
Another good visit is the old church in Lower Oosterbeek. It was the sight of the last stand where Col "Sherriff" Thompson gathered up a load of stragglers and fought against German armour. A VC was won there Arnhem VC.

There's atree in front of the church, still battle scarred, referred to as the "kissing tree" because a bloke from the Air landing Regiment RA was trapped behind it with two mates during a German counter attack; he was the middle bloke and had to watch as both muckers were cut to ribbons and he survived unscathed.

He returns every year on the anniversary of the battle and kisses the tree, hence the name.
 
#15
danvnuk said:
Door_Bundle_Mk2 said:
I've looked everywhere for "Their's Is The Glory", even e-bay but to no avail. Anyone got any links to anybody selling the video or DVD?
Would you believe Its available on DVD from Tesco.com (Of course, I found this out after I'd ordered the VHS version from the Airborne Museum in Holland)

Theirs is the Glory - Tescos
Thats ordered! Nice find, never thought of looking there....
 

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#16
Door_Bundle_Mk2 said:
danvnuk said:
Door_Bundle_Mk2 said:
I've looked everywhere for "Their's Is The Glory", even e-bay but to no avail. Anyone got any links to anybody selling the video or DVD?
Would you believe Its available on DVD from Tesco.com (Of course, I found this out after I'd ordered the VHS version from the Airborne Museum in Holland)

Theirs is the Glory - Tescos
Lovely job, thanks very much.
You can also get it through Amazon, Door_Bundle; Slightly more expensive but delivered within 1-2 days. Here.
 
#18
Superb response to the intial enquiry , thanks all.

I'm only sorry Dad isn't still here to give you that "First Hand" account Kitbag, namely the Irish Guards drive for the bridge. My sister is still working on photos of Dad's time in France, Holland and Belgium, and I hope to be able to post them in the next few weeks.

PTP
 

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#19
Door_Bundle_Mk2 said:
Another good visit is the old church in Lower Oosterbeek. It was the sight of the last stand where Col "Sherriff" Thompson gathered up a load of stragglers and fought against German armour. A VC was won there Arnhem VC.
A year or two back, Jeremy Clarkson presented a programme about a VC won at Arnhem. I thought this link was going to refer to that story, but ISTR that the subject of Clarkson's story survived (come to think of it, he must have), but the subject of the link died winning his VC. The actions sound very similar, "destroying Tiger Tanks with PIATs" "Seriously injured" etc.

At the end of the programme, Clarkson explained why he'd chosen this particular VC to describe. "because he was my father-in-law, but he died before I had the honour of meeting him." I cannot believe that JC is married to someone aged 60+. ISTR this VC was a Major in the Staffs. If I could be arrsed, I might research it, but I cannot.
 
#20
I think the person you are thinking of is Lionel Queripel VC R Sussex att 10 Para. He did several things on 19 Sep including taking out a captured Brit gun with a PIAT, some machine guns, evacuating a SNCO under fire, crossing and re-crossing a road several times under fire to keep his company together then at the last he fought at the Wolfheze Railway crossing armed only with a pistol he was seen thowing German stick grenades back at them as they attacked. Badly wounded he made the remainder of his company evacuate the position whilst covering them. This was the last time he was seen alive. He came from Tunbridge Wells and volunteered for the Army Air Corps (as the paras were then known) after 2 R Sussex got knocked about at El Alamein. Initially the War Office tried to make the whole battalion into a para battalion but a little known regulation prevented the disbandment of a regular pre war battalion. About 200 from 2 R Sussex volunteered and they tried to get 10 Para know as 10 (S) for Sussex, Para but were overruled. His story is a truly fascinating one and Tunbridge Wells has recently added him to their war memorial after recognising that they had somehow left him off.
 

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