The Battle of Arnhem was a humiliating defeat for the Allies with about 1,200 killed, and 6,642 men injured or taken prisoner on the Allied side. During the Allied air bombardment about 1,200 people gathered in the Grote Kerk: the Rev Johan Gerritson continued his sermon about courage triumphing over brutality, and even when the electricity was cut the congregation hand-pumped the organ's bellows so that they could all sing the 'Wilhelminus', the Dutch national anthem. During the battle, German snipers used the church's 305ft spire as a vantage point and soon afterwards severe gun fire caused the old bells to collapse.
The Arnhem Bells Appeal want to complete their fund-raising by September so that the bells will be in place for the anniversary celebrations. For further information, contact: The Arnhem Bells Appeal Office, St Mary Abchurch House, 123 Cannon Street, London EC4N 5AX, telephone 071-621 1122.