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OPERATION 'MARKET GARDEN' (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 - 25 SEPTEMBER 1944

Smith D M (Sgt)|Army Film and Photographic Unit
OPERATION 'MARKET GARDEN' (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 - 25 SEPTEMBER 1944
23 September 1944
Official photograph
© Crown copyright

Arnhem 17 - 25 September 1944: Four British paratroopers moving through a shell-damaged house in Oosterbeek to which they had retreated after being driven out of Arnhem.

When the 1st Allied Airborne Army was dropped in Holland, photographers of the Army Film and Photographic Unit were with them. These are the first photographs received back from them. One of them writes, in a letter dated September 20th, accompanying them "This is the fourth day of fighting and camera work is almost out of the question. All day we have been under shell, mortar and machine gun fire. We are completely surrounded and our perimeter is becoming smaller every hour, now it is a matter of fighting for our lives. If our land forces don't make contact with us soon then we've had it".

IWM Reference: BU 1121