2021 booklet to help researchers written by John Howes available to Fellowship members.

Leaflet produced in 2021 to commemorate the passing of Col. John Waddy OBE made available to Fellowship members by the 151/156 Parachute Battalion Association.

75th Commemoration Souvenir Book

As you will be aware this year is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem and to celebrate this milestone the Arnhem 1944 Fellowship is pleased to announce that a souvenir book will be produced and be available in September 2019.

One of the Fellowship's aims is education and so for the last few months a group of members has been working on this project and this book will cover 10 areas of action which can be looked on as standalone 'battlefield tours'. Each chapter/tour has been submitted by a different person.

The tours covered by the book are as follows in no particular order:

C Company 2nd Parachute Battalion and the railway bridge, a walk through the Rosandepolder by Marcel Anker

1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron at Oosterbeek, 17th-25th September 1944 by Bob Hilton

A 10th Parachute Battalion walk by Graham Francis

The 7th (Galloway) Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, a walk (or cycle tour): Planken Wambuis, Ginkel and LZ S by Robert Sigmond

A walk along the Dreijenseweg by Scott Revell

A walk or bicycle tour across the Landing Zones at Wolfheze by Luuk Buist

1st Battalion The Border Regiment by Martijn Cornelissen and David Locke

Defensive actions of the 21st Independent Parachute Company in Oosterbeek by Peter Gijbels

The 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group by Arno Baltussen and Mateus Mroz

An RAMC walk round Oosterbeek by Niall Cherry

It is intended to give a copy of this souvenir book to any Arnhem veteran who attends in September and also to any Arnhem veteran who is unable to attend personally if a copy is requested.

Members will be able to purchase a copy at a special price and will have priority for ordering. It will be produced in a limited print run of 500. The price to members will be around €17.50/£16.50.

The book will first be on sale in September 2019 but it is possible to express your interest in obtaining a copy by emailing the Arnhem Fellowship at

However, please note that priority for orders will be given to Fellowship members.

Booklet on Horsa Gliders

Written by Fellowship member Luuk Buist for the 2019 Commemorations, this booklet outlines the history, development and use of the Horsa glider. Produced in Dutch and English.

B Company Arrived - The Men

The Arnhem 1944 Fellowship is pleased to announce that one of its Life Members David van Buggenum has in September 2016 issued a supplement to his highly sought after book from 2003 called B Company Arrived. This supplement called B Company Arrived The Men contains new information received since the initial release and allows additional information on seven men from the Company to be released.
The book is a hardback, 168 pages and contains a number of colour and black and white photographs.

The first 250 copies are individually numbered and come with a facsimile copy of a boxing programme from February 1944 when a number of B Company entered the ring in a competition against BMARC, LNER Cambridge and NFS Louth.

The first sales were at the Fellowship AGM on September 16 2016 and is available in Holland from David or from Meijers and Segers bookshop in Oosterbeek.

The Fellowship are acting as the UK/RoW distributor and if you are interested in obtaining a copy please email

It is regretted that all our copies have now been sold but it is possible we can assist you in obtaining a copy and again please email us using the address above.

Sales to Fellowship members will be at a special discounted price.

David hard at work selling copies of his latest book

Desert Rise - Arnhem Descent

After much work we are pleased to announce that four life members of the Fellowship got together and launched in April 2016 on an unsuspecting public a book on the 10th Parachute Battalion in WW2 called Desert Rise Arnhem Descent. The main contributor was Martin Peters who had spent at least 20 years interviewing, researching and writing the story. The other three helped to put the icing on the cake and pull the story together.

Update as of September 2023
A third edition of Desert Rise Arnhem Descent has been printed and is on sale now. This third version includes four new annexes and a revised Nominal Roll. It is on sale at £35.00 - although for a limited period there will be a special price for Fellowship members. Only 300 have been printed and like previous editions will no doubt be highly sought after.

This book is unlikely to appear on internet sites such as Amazon and if you wish to obtain a copy please email for more details.

Members will have been sent a newsflash with ordering details.

These are some comments received about the first version of the book:

Absolutely magnificent. One of the best if not the best Arnhem book in the last 10 years.

Magnificent, thoroughly researched and well written. The use of colour maps  is great and have helped me to understand their actions greatly.

All work stopped whilst we looked at it!

Immediately goes into the top five Arnhem books ever!

Easily one of the best books on Arnhem I’ve ever read.

Easily one of the best ever Arnhem books - if you are a serious student of the battle you need this book.

Finally from the son of a member of the 10th Battalion who was at Arnhem:

I ordered the book (one of 400 in a limited edition) and had in detail, more detail than ever before, the history of the Battalion and its part in the Battle of Arnhem. There are references to my Dad and his fellow evaders; even his photograph (one I obviously supplied to Martin Peters over 20 years previously), along with that of Roy Gregory. It transported me back over 70 years, to a time in sleepy Somerby when my Dad (‘A’ Company) was billeted in large stables not far from the Stilton Cheese at the end of the High Street. There are accounts of visits to Leicester for the weekend, of training and various exercises in preparation for the Operations ahead, of many Operations which were cancelled at the last minute and of Operation Market Garden itself. I learned that the ‘Market’ was the air assault and that the ‘Garden’ was the ground assault (I’d forgotten about that). I was able to imagine the steps taken by Dad from RAF Spanhoe to the edge of the wood near Maasberg (Theo’s farm) where he and 8 others lived for 5 weeks behind enemy lines. And, of course, the account of Pegasus 1. This tome is a fitting tribute, not only to the 10th Parachute Battalion and those who served so admirably and bravely, but also to my Dad, of whom my memories will never fade but will burn all the more brightly for such a publication.

Freddie Gough's Specials

The Fellowship is very pleased to announce that one of it's life members Robert (Bob) Hilton, after many years research and writing has produced his book on the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron in the Second World War.

The book is 256 pages long with over 280 photographs. It weighs 1.6 kg and follows on with the normal R.N. Sigmond Publishing attention to detail and quality. I felt it would be difficult to surpass 'Remember Arnhem' but this book does!

If you think you are a serious student of Arnhem then this book needs to be in your collection.

It is priced at €42.50 or £38 for those in the UK/RoW.

Postage is extra.

The Fellowship have obtained a limited number of copies signed by Bob and these will be despatched shortly to those members who have pre-ordered.

If you wish to order a copy please email
It is regretted that all our copies have now been sold but it is possible we can assist you in obtaining a copy and again please email us using the address above.

Fighting the British at Arnhem

I have been advised that our life member Bob Gerritsen's book called Fighting the British at Arnhem - published by RN Sigmond Books went on  from 21/09/2018.

The book is 224 pages, over 300 b/w photographs, documents & maps, full colour cover, hardback.
ISBN : 978-90-812703-9-7 Price (excl. P&P): The Netherlands € 34.50 -- UK £ 30.00

The book is on sale at various outlets and if you wish to obtain more information or to order a copy please email 

The Lost Company

The Arnhem 1944 Fellowship is very pleased to announce that one of its life members Marcel Anker after many years research and writing has completed a book on C Company of the 2nd Parachute Battalion. Members who came on the 2015 Fellowship walk will recall him mentioning that a book was in progress and here it is!

The book is called The Lost Company and is the story of C Company 2nd Parachute Battalion, in Oosterbeek and Arnhem, September 1944, it is a hard back, 128 pages long and contains around 180 B&W photographs and is 21cm x 28cm. It is a limited edition of 200 copies and tells in great detail the actions of this company at the railway bridge in lower Oosterbeek, then around the St Elisabeths Hospital and western Arnhem and finally the few survivors who fought in the Oosterbeek pocket. They were the only rifle company from the 2nd Battalion who never made it to the road bridge.
Over the years Marcel traced and spoke to many veterans of C Company and this work forms the backbone of the book.

The book is priced to Fellowship members at £27.50 for those in the UK. Postage is extra and will depend on where the book is sent to. £32.50 if not a member.

Rest of the World orders can be taken via PayPal.

If you wish to order a copy and you are advised not to wait too long please send an email to  and you will be contacted in due course.

It is regretted that all our copies have now been sold but it is possible we can assist you in obtaining a copy and again please email us using the address above.

General Accounts

There have been many many 'general accounts' published over the years ranging from the excellent to the very poor. This list is in the view of the advisory panel some of the better options and if a newcomer to the battle a good place to start. A few comments have been added where appropriate:

Arnhem 1944 The Airborne Battle
by Martin Middlebrook.
Probably the best general history ever of the battle. Written for the 50th anniversary and the author was able to speak with around 500 veterans.

A Bridge too Far
by Cornelus Ryan.
Coverage of the entire operation and Ryan had the benefit of speaking with a number of veterans. Although there are a few crucial errors in it such as the 'non-arrival' of the Recce Squadron jeeps at Arnhem it is nevertheless a good account.

Operation Market Garden Volumes 1 and 2
by After The Battle edited by Karel Margery.
An expensive work but worth it. Includes more photographs taken in 1944 than any other book.

It Never Snows in September
by Robert Kershaw.
Included as the only general German view of Market Garden.

The Devil’s Birthday
by Geoffrey Powell

Kampfraum Arnheim
by Harlan Glenn  and Remy
Spezzano. A photgraphic study of the German soldier figting in and around Arnhem, but also includes the corridor.

In this section we also have included a few miscellaneous works like casualties, officers, guide books and escape and evasion.

The Roll of Honour by John Hey

Who was Who by Chris van Roekel – list of officers in the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem

The Grey Goose of Arnhem by Leo Heaps – story of Operation Pegasus 1

A tour of the Arnhem Battlefields by John Waddy

Major and Mrs Holt’s Guide  to Operation Market Garden by Tonie and Valmai Holt

Unit Histories

1st Parachute Battalion

A detailed account of this unit’s actions at Arnhem has not been publsihed - but a useful booklet covering their first few days in Holland has been published. This is:

Four Days at Arnhem by
Simon Curtis, Niall Cherry and John Howes

2nd Parachute Battalion

Without Tradition by Bob Peatling

B Company Arrived by David van Buggenum

B Company Arrived –The Men by David van Buggenum

The Lost Company by Marcel Anker - the actions of C Company at Arnhem

3rd Parachute Battalion

A detailed account of this unit’s actions at Arnhem has not been published - but a useful booklet covering the actions of C Company has been published. This is:

With Nothing Bigger than a Bren Gun by Niall Cherry

156 Parachute Battalion

From Delhi to Arnhem by John O’Reilly

Salute to the Steadfast by Harry Bankhead

Men at Arnhem by Geoffrey Powell

10th Parachute Battalion

Desert Rise Arnhem Descent by Martin Peters with  Niall Cherry, John Howes and Graham Francis

11th Parachute Battalion

Arnhem Their Final Battle by Gerrit Pijpers and David Truesdale

21st Independent Parachute Company

Leading the Way to Arnhem by Peter Gijbels and David Truesdale

First In by Ron Kent

1st Battalion Border Regiment

When Dragons Flew by Stuart Eastwood, Alan Green and Charles Gray

No Return Flight 13 Platoon at Arnhem by Haks Walburgh Schmidt

1st Battalion the Border Regiment by Alan Green

2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment

By Land Sea and Air by Bart Smulders and Alex Junier with Jaap Korsloot

7th Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Off at Last by Robert Sigmond

Nine Days at Arnhem by Robert Sigmond

1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade

Poles Apart by George Cholewczynski

Glider Pilot Regiment

Glider Pilots at Arnhem by Mike Peters and Luuk Buist

Tugs and Gliders by Arie Jan van Hees

Royal Artillery

Arnhem Bridge Target Mike One by Martijn Cornelissen, Bob Gerritsen and David Truesdale

Winged Gunners by Robert Woollacott

Point Blank Open Sights  by John Howe

The Gunners at Arnhem by Peter Wilkinson

The first two books mentioned cover the 1st Airlanding Light Regiment, the third the 1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery while the fourth is a general account of all four Royal Artillery units at Arnhem.

A detailed account of the 2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery and the 1st Airborne Forward Observation Unit  actions at Arnhem have not been written; although some of the FOU stories are mentioned in the unit’s they were attached to.

1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers

A detailed account of this unit’s actions at Arnhem has not been written but the actions of the sappers in the schoolhouse at the road bridge are covered in:

With Nothing Bigger than a Bren Gun by Niall Cherry

4th Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers

A detailed account of this unit’s actions at Arnhem has not been written.

9th Field Company Royal Engineers

Airborne Engineers The Shiny Ninth by Patrick Pronk

261st Field Park Company Royal Engineers

A detailed account of this unit’s actions at Arnhem has not been written.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

With Spanners Descending by Joe Roberts

Royal Signals

Echoes from Arnhem by Lewis Golden

Royal Army Service Corps, Army Catering Corps and Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Arnhem The Fight to Sustain by Frank Steer

Royal Military Police

The Pegasus Patrol by Jack Turnbull and John Hamblett

Intelligence Corps

Worst Fears Confirmed by Graeme Deeley

Reconnaissance Corps

Remember Arnhem by John Fairley

Freddie Gough's Specials by Bob Hilton

Royal Army Chaplain’s Department

The Torn Horizon by Chris van Roekel

Royal Army Medical Corps

Red Berets and Red Crosses by Niall Cherry

Royal Air Force

The RAF at Arnhem by Geert Maassen and Luuk Buist

Green On by Arie Jan van Hees

German Books

SS Panzergrenadier Ausbildungs und Ersatz Batallion 16

Arnhem A Few Vital Hours by Scott Revell and Niall Cherry with Bob Gerritsen

Kampfgruppe Knaust

Retake Arnhem Bridge by Bob Gerritsen and Scott Revell

The SS-Unterfuhrerschule Arnheim

Fighting the British at Arnhem by Bob Gerritsen

Jedburgh Teams

Dutch Courage by Jelle Hooiveld

Personal Accounts/Individual Stories

With the Red Devils at Arnhem by Marek Swiecicki – Polish Liaison Officer and most likely the first ever Arnhem book as it was published in 1944.

Arnhem Spearhead by James Sims – 2nd Parachute Battalion member

A Sapper at Arnhem by Harry Faulkner-Brown – 4th Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers member

Arnhem Lift by Louis Hagen – a glider pilot at Arnhem

Urquhart of Arnhem by John Baynes

An Arnhem Odyssey by Jim Longson and Christine Taylor – 1st Bn The Border Regiment member

Twelve Mules and a Pegasus by Harold Padfield – 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers member

Travel by Dark by Graeme Warrack – the Assistant Director of Medical Services – account based on his diary and the story of his escape.

I was a Stranger by John Hackett – commander of the 4th Parachute Brigade but regretfully does not cover his actions during the battle but the story of his escape.

Note various ‘small units’ such as the Public Relations Team and the Dutch Liaison Team have been omitted from this list. However, the advisory panel are happy to suggest sources where available for these units.

The Film Theirs is the Glory

Theirs is the Glory - Arnhem, Hurst and Conflict on Film by David Truesdale and Allan Esler Smith

A book covering the work of the director, why the film was made and subtitled 'Arnhem, Hurst and Conflict on film by David Truesdale and Allan Esler Smith. This book covers the work of the director Brian Desmond Hurst and why the film was made and how and where it was made.

If any member is aware of any other suitable books to include in this list please contact the Fellowship book panel via