Writing Process


In 1956, the first serious account of operation "Market Garden" was published, by Dr. John C. Warren. What he wrote down was very accurate and offered a lot of details and focused on the airborne part of the operation.

During my investigation, repeatedly requests were made - all unanswered - for the necessary approval by the American "Office of the Chief of Public Affairs", so that an - until then - extremely helpful Public Affairs Specialist of 82 Airborne Division could continue to help me in my search.

In the main library of Arnhem, where "the bridge too far" is located, you can find everything that was written about operation "Market Garden".

It soon became clear that historical events are rarely re-investigated. Pieces of known "facts" are usually re-used in books, without questioning, again and again. But, there is a lot of information, out there, just waiting to be disclosed; the last chapter will never be written.

I believe that the amount of facts decides how credible historical accounts are. About the events leading to the capture of the Waal Bridge not too much is written; usually not more than a chapter. So, I started my quest for more information. I discovered a lot of declassified and unpublished material, on the Internet and in American and Dutch archives. Researching is like an adventure; you never know where it leads you.

The next thing to do was to analyse all the information. What I found, were a lot of contradictions and incorrect times. In a reaction to most books about operation "Market Garden", I have used a lot of quotes and footnotes. I wanted to write a comprehensive account of the first twenty-four hours after the drop, with a lot of verifiable facts, so that the reader can make up his own mind.