OVER & OVER Eyewitnes Accounts of the Battle of Arnhem
By Peter-Alexander van Teeseling: in 1944 the Battle of Arnhem is commemorated for the 50th time. As usual, a memorial service takes place at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. During this service, when I was nine years old, I put flowers on the graves with students from the local schools. I quickly got in touch with veterans and try to talk to them. For several years I have been going to England with my parents and can also make myself understandable. This to the delight of some veterans. So I get addresses and I try to write letters to the veterans with the help of my parents and I also get letters back, nice letters.
When I read the booklet 'The Tommies come' and then I visit the Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein' a few times, I become more and more interested in everything that has to do with the Battle of Arnhem. I go to a fair in Arnhem and buy some things and I also get some veterans and collectors who like that such a young person is interested in the Battle of Arnhem. In the beginning, the collection is not much, but in 1997 it gets serious and the collection starts to look like something. Now in 1999 my wish is to make a book in memory and as a tribute to the heroes of Market-Garden.