Friday 22nd September 1944

5th Day

Even years after the war, there are still traces of the battle, in a garden opposite the house of the Stationsweg, a german foxhole is still visible (collection P. Reinders)
Even years after the war, there are still traces of the battle, in a garden opposite the house of the Stationsweg, a german foxhole is still visible (collection P. Reinders)

 " Lieutenant X (Lieutenant Strathearn) who was standing right behind the PIAT, he was flung against the back wall of the attic, and I saw him covered with dust and looking very pale crawling towards the stairs.

Well, we had done it again...I don't know how much we had damaged the SP (Self Propelled Gun), but it stopped firing and withdrew out of range slowly and erratically.

(Arnhem Lift page 43)


Oosterbeek

Stationsweg 18  in 1941 (Heemkunde Kring Renkum)
Stationsweg 18 in 1941 (Heemkunde Kring Renkum)

"We went into the only still completed furnished room, called "The Officers Room", because in there. Captain Z, the CO who had  wounded in the arm, was usually lying in luxurious heavy continental bed, with sheets and pillow case covered with a quilted eiderdown. He lay fully dressed in kilt, sporan, boots and beret.

Beside Capt Z there were  usually a few other officers- men from the other houses making plans and decisions in a nonchalant way".

(Arnhem Lift, page 44)


"Still Captain Z must have been pleased and attached quite a bit of importance to our report, for he condescended  to sit up in bed, twirl his handsome moustaches and say "Well done, chaps. Good show. You've got to the Brigadiers tommorow... Graham and I gathered up some cushions and blankets from the floor, found a corned and passed out until stand to a dawn.

(Arnhem Lift page 48)