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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

One FREE 75th Anniversary Commemorative Poster of the Battle of Arnhem per person for the first 10 books ordered

Arnhem: Walking in Their Footsteps (new hardback version)

Recently released hardback version including new information and photographs, with the first 10 books ordered bearing the signature of Major Jeffrey Noble, Officer Commanding the MMG Platoon at Arnhem.

This book of 128 pages contains maps, photographs and the stories of individual soldiers.  It concentrates on Brigadier Shan Hackett’s 4th Parachute Brigade’s HQ and the 156 Parachute Battalion during the first three days of fierce fighting at Arnhem.  The book culminates in new information regarding the escape and subsequent death of two evaders and changes the previously accepted conclusion of Operation Pegasus as a result of research done by historian John Howes.

Price for members in the UK, including post and packing, is £23.00 and for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.

From Delhi to Arnhem

This book of over 430 pages is the story of the formation of the 156 Parachute Battalion in India in 1941, the invasion of Italy, and the parachute drop in Arnhem in 1944.  It is packed with maps and photographs, whilst following the stories of 12 paratroopers from different backgrounds.  In addition, it covers much of the fighting by the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem and describes the role played by the 156.  Much of the action includes the close-quarter fighting in the woods near Arnhem and in the streets of Oosterbeek, giving an insight into the struggle to survive of those left behind the lines after the battle, including their various escape attempts.  This Battalion’s tenacious attitude in battle and their refusal to give in contributed to the 156 suffering the highest percentage loss of all the battalions that fought at Arnhem.

Price for members in the UK, including post and packing, is £30.00 and for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.

75th Commemorative Tankard of the Battle of Arnhem

Made of fine bone china, these tankards have been produced by the family of 156 veteran Les Lockett in their Staffordshire factory.  The tankard features the small HQ of Colonel John Waddy’s B Company.  The photograph was taken just before Arnhem by his second-in-command Hector Montgomery in 1944.  Hector lost his camera in the battle when he was seriously wounded in Wolfheze near Arnhem.

Price for members in the UK, including post and packing, is £29.00 and for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.

TO ORDER BOOKS:

Arnhem: Walking in Their Footsteps is £23.00 (for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.)

From Delhi to Arnhem £30.00 (for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.)

Book enquiries to john.oreilly@thorotonpublishing.com or telephone 01949 851354.

Send your name and address with cheque payable to John O’Reilly at Thoroton Hall, Main Street, Thoroton, Nottinghamshire, NG13 9DS.

TO ORDER YOUR TANKARD:

For enquiries please phone Edwards & Lockett Ltd on +44 (0) 1782 319792.
To get your tankard, send your cheque to: Edwards & Lockett Ltd., 196-200 Normanton Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 1QF.

A proportion of the sale of all three items will help with the costs of the 156 Parachute Battalion Association Reunions both in Arnhem and Melton Mowbray.  In this special commemorative year, 135 people attended the 156 Reunion service in Melton and around 50 family members who went to Arnhem took part in a battlefield tour to walk in the footsteps of their relatives.

***Please  note The Fellowship  is NOT involved with the ordering process!***

News 2012

September

Revisiting Theirs Is The Glory Battlefield Walk by Graham Francis

This photo taken in de Tafelberg shows Niall sandwiched between Gerry Dimmock and Allan Smith.

The afternoon following the Arnhem Fellowship AGM saw the inimitable Niall Cherry lead the second annual walk. The subject was that most memorable of British war Films, Theirs is the Glory. A unique piece of cinematography, combining as it did archive 1944 footage with scenes shot in 1945, using survivors of the battle, on the sites of the battle. Over sixty people were in attendance, when Niall kicked off proceedings at the Oosterbeek Old Church. He introduced our special guest, Allan Smith, great nephew of the film’s director, Brian Desmond Hurst. Allan’s enthusiasm and passion for the film was soon evident and he regaled those present with a series of fascinating insights into the making of the film. He explained how Brian, a veteran of Gallipolli, had been determined to honour and reflect the experiences of the soldiers at Arnhem and spent many hours recording their stories and memories. He illustrated the talk with a number of stills taken from the film, as did others present. Allan is making a documentary on the making of the film and is keen to identify all 200 participants and to meet any veterans still surviving. After describing the scene at the Church, including the famous Lonsdale speech, we moved on to Weverstraat. Resident expert, on all things Arnhem, Robert Voskuil described the situation there in both 1944 and in 1945 when the street, together with a destroyed German tank, were used for several scenes. We moved northwards via Jagerkamp and Paasberg before turning into Pietersbergseweg, where the exploits of the late Tony Crane were described. We were then privileged to be invited inside the Tafelberg, where Niall and Allan stood on the historic staircase to tell the story of the building, in both the battle and the film. No one present could have failed to be moved when Allan related how in 1945, veterans used breaks in filming to walk the grounds and identify the sites of the field burials of their fallen comrades. There was just time for a visit from Arnhem and film veteran, Gerry Dimmock, before we concluded. Thank you to all present, to Robert Sigmond for a splendid souvenir booklet and to Niall, Robert and Allan for providing such an enjoyable afternoon. I look forward to seeing Allan’s documentary, but in the meantime roll on 2013 and the 3rd annual walk.  

New memorial
Chris Gryzelka spoke at the AGM about his efforts to try and get a memorial post to the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron placed in the Oosterbeek area. The Fellowship are supporting this plan and have written a letter of support to the powers that be. Drawings of the proposed memorial.

August 
New promotional products now available
After many months of negotiating with suppliers you now have the opportunity to purchase some of the products showcased at last year’s AGM and, in doing so, help support the Fellowship.Reversible fleeces/JacketsPolo shirts (men’s & ladies)Ties
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO ONGOING PROBLEMS WITH POSTAGE COSTS NOT BEING CORRECTLY ADDED TO THE SHOPPING CART AT CHECKOUT,ALL ITEMS ARE NOW PRICED INCLUSIVE OFPOSTAGE & PACKING CHARGES.April 2012Ex 11th Btn. veteran Pat Gorman receiving the very first copy of Arnhem Their Final Battle -The 11th Parachute Battalion 1943-44

Author Colonel Gerrit Pijpers OBE presents the first signed copy to Pat