Zwarteweg 14 at Arnhem

One of the major problems encountered at Arnhem was the failure of the radio sets used; they either did not work, or ground conditions and the existance of so many areas full of trees often made radio links unworkable. Exasperated by these problems Major General Roy Urquhart, commanding 1st (Airborne) Division, went off to see what the situation in Arnhem was like himself on the afternoon of 17th September 1944 - the first day of the landings. Here he met with Brigadier Gerald Lathbury, commanding 1st Parachute Brigade, in the area of a small housing estate west of St Elisabeth's Hospital. Wanting to return to HQ, Urquhart left the building he was in with Lathbury when they came under fire and the Brigadier was seriously wounded. The small party with Urquhart got Lathbury into a nearby building, where they left him with a Dutch family who got him to hospital. Retreating down some narrow alleyways, with the Germans close by, the General and his two companions were called into the back of No 14 Zwarteweg, and shown into the attic. Germans were now all round, with a Stug III assault gun in the street out front. Trapped, they would remain here pretty much useless until "released" by men of 2nd South Staffords in the morning of 19th September 1944.

One of the major problems encountered at Arnhem was the failure of the radio sets used; they either did not work, or ground conditions and the existance of so many areas full of trees often made radio links unworkable. Exasperated by these problems Major General Roy Urquhart, commanding 1st (Airborne) Division, went off to see what the situation in Arnhem was like himself on the afternoon of 17th September 1944 - the first day of the landings. Here he met with Brigadier Gerald Lathbury, commanding 1st Parachute Brigade, in the area of a small housing estate west of St Elizabeth's Hospital. Wanting to return to HQ, Urquhart left the building he was in with Lathbury when they came under fire and the Brigadier was seriously wounded. The small party with Urquhart got Lathbury into a nearby building, where they left him with a Dutch family who got him to hospital. Retreating down some narrow alleyways, with the Germans close by, the General and his two companions were called into the back of No 14 Zwarteweg, and shown into the attic. Germans were now all round, with a Stug III assault gun in the street out front. Trapped, they would remain here pretty much useless until "released" by men of 2nd South Staffs on the morning of 19th September.
   
on the back of Urquhart house, Zwarteweg 14 at Arnhem.On the front of the house a shield reminds to this historic site.
Portret of General Urquhart in the window of the house. Lieutenant Cleminson 60 years later on the attick at Zwarteweg14 in Arnhem were he was hiding himself together with Gemeral Urquhart.
  Lieutenant Cleminson 60 years later on the attick at Zwarteweg14 in Arnhem were he was hiding himself together with Gemeral Urquhart.
Lieutenant Cleminson 60 years later on the attick at Zwarteweg14 in Arnhem were he was hiding himself together with Gemeral Urquhart. This is the firebreak through general Urquhart with lieutenant Cleminson and an information officer escaped from the house on the corner of the Alexanderstraat 135, the house of Van der Linden family. They escaped to the house at Zwarteweg 14, opposit the St Elisabeths Hospital. From the house at Alexanderstraat Urquhart shot a German soldier dead who appeared in the door opening. Earlier brigade general Lathbury who was shot on the street was hiding in the cellar of that house.
Lieutenant Cleminson in the narrow space on the attick at Zwarteweg 14 where where he together with General Urquhart hid for the Germans surrounding them. This is the firebreak through general Urquhart with lieutenant Cleminson and an information officer escaped from the house on the corner of the Alexanderstraat 135, the house of Van der Linden family. They escaped to the house at Zwarteweg 14, opposit the St Elisabeths Hospital. From the house at Alexanderstraat Urquhart shot a German soldier dead who appeared in the door opening. Earlier brigade general Lathbury who was shot on the street was hiding in the cellar of that house.
On 6th October 2007 Wybo Boersma is telling us the story of General Urquhart in front of the house on the corner Alexanderstraat 135. in this house urquhart had initially escaped and brigade general Lathbury was dragged inside after he was seriously wounded.
On 6 October 2007 Wybo Boersma is telling us the story of General Urquhart in front of the house on the corner Alexanderstraat 135. in this house urquhart had initially escaped and brigade general Lathbury was dragged inside after he was seriously wounded.