Dirk Hoekendijk

Accredited Guide Number: 87

As a retired Royal Netherlands Army colonel, I will offer you a window into history by taking you along the principle locations of what is known as the Battle of Arnhem, as a part of the Allied operation Market-Garden.

Before I started conducting tours in the area, I discovered that there exists a personal relationship with the Battle. Samuel Swarts, then a sergeant of the Dutch Domestic Forces, is a distant relative of my wife. He is one of only three Dutch people who have the honour of being buried at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. He died at 09.00 am on September 20, 1944, behind the wheel of a civilian car in front of the Hotel Schoonoord. He was on his way to the British Medical Dressing Station of 181 Airlanding Field Ambulance at the Hotel Tafelberg with water in steel milk churns for the British wounded. The car was hit by a German mortar grenade. He died instantly but his co-driver was rescued by, among others, Colonel Graeme Warrick, the Divisional Medical Officer. Of course this story raised my interest in the events of those days and telling about it, so others can remember as well.

During the tour, I will use my 39 years of army experience in tactics, strategy and doctrine to provide you on the spot explanations. You will be able to visualize the situation as it most likely has occurred between September 17th and September 26th 1944 in the surroundings of and in Arnhem itself. With a special interest in the German side of this battle, I am able to provide a good inside view into both opposing forces in this battle.

Depending on your own schedule I can arrange your tour schedule in such a way that it will maximize your Battle of Arnhem-experience.

Battles

WWIIArnhemLiberation of Holland

Countries

HollandNetherlands

Caters For

Adult Coach GroupsBattlefield WalksBespoke GroupFamiliesIndividualsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

Tour specialisms / Areas of expertise:

• Operation Market-Garden: British plans and actions in the Oosterbeek – Arnhem area of operations (17-26 Sep 1944);
• German reaction at and response to the Operation Market-Garden in and around the Oosterbeek – Arnhem area and on the Island area of II SS Panzer Armee Korps (including 9 SS Panzer Division “Hohenstaufen” and 10 SS Panzer Division “Frundsberg”);
• German counter-offensive of II SS Panzer Armee Korps in the eastern Betuwe also known as “the Island” (1-15 Oct 1944).

• All tours can be conducted in Dutch, English or German, preferably no combination