Posted by: sommecourt | 31/01/2011

The White House, Arnhem

I’ve just come back from a battlefield recce to Arnhem where we working on a new TV series, Dig WW2, which is the follow-up to Dig 1940 which was on BBC1 last year. This new series will cover the whole war, but will focus on various aspects of it, Arnhem being one. The recce went well and a good part of one episode will be devoted to what we have found in the area.

We stayed in the Hotel Dreyeroord at Oosterbeek – known to the troops as ‘The White House’. A hotel even then, it formed the tip of the Oosterbeek Perimeter and was defended by the 7th King’s Own Scottish Borderers. The 7th KOSB were glider-borne troops commanded by Lt-Col Robert Peyton-Reid, a Great War veteran. There was bitter hand to hand fighting in and around the hotel, and many foxholes in the grounds – it was certainly a very atmospheric place to stay, especially at night when we wandered down to central Oosterbeek.

I hadn’t been to Arnhem for a couple of years and it was good to see the front of the Tafelberg preserved and also new developments in the tourist infrastructure, which will no doubt help increase visitors to the area.

The iPad proved invaluable, but that will be the subject of another blog post in the next few months.

We return to Arnhem again soon, and no doubt more photos and another report will follow.

Airborne Memorial, Heelsum




  1. If you need any help from a researcher situated in The Netherlands, specialised in 1930s-1940s subjects, with access to props, costumes, locations and the best living history actors in the region, give me a call 🙂

  2. Thanks for that. For this programme we don’t need any living history but I’ll bear that in mind.


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