Battle of Arnhem: Tour of Duty

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Battle of Arnhem: Next Generation documents the efforts of a youth organisation to bring history to life and engage young people in a groundbreaking way – namely by learning history through real-life simulations and first-hand experience.

The brainchild of a group of former paratroopers and youth workers, Teen Soldiers: Battle of Arnhem is a phenomenally ambitious and daring project. The plan is to take a group of typical teenagers and train them to recreate the famous September 1944 aerial parachute assault on Arnhem in the Netherlands. Intercut with exclusive interviews of veterans from that fateful mission and archive material from the assault itself, this groundbreaking two-part documentary is part history programme and part social experiment. Living and breathing in the recreated backdrop of World War II, an entire camp has been built to house the young men and
women taking part. All will be expected to live under identical conditions experienced by the 1st Airborne Division, nicknamed the ‘Red Devils’, during the war.

The ten people selected to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be tested to their limits to see if they make the grade, enduring arduous army training, drilling and marching in preparation for their demanding mission. Will all of the teenagers be able to stand the strain?

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Comments (61)

  • dillon

    over 2 years ago

    dillon

    to long adverts and they are all the same

  • dillon

    over 2 years ago

    dillon

    i left and it started from the begining and not were i was

  • Rich

    over 3 years ago

    Rich

    Excellent programme-fair play to the young people who tried hard to meet the challenges they were given. Any talk of whingeing kids should be put on the shelf. young people to day are in essence no different to their grandparents- they have just had the fortune to grow up in a more affluent world. The service people who are currently deployed show that! If an excercise like this gives them an appreciation of the sacrfices made by previous generations then let's have some more please! well done to all who took part

  • Roy Mobsby

    over 3 years ago

    Roy Mobsby

    This is answer to Scott Nisbet. My name is Roy Mobsby and Im the boss of the Pathfinder Parachute group Europe. http://www.pathfindergroupuk.com/ Iv included our web site so you can put your money where your mouth is when Iv finished my piece. My club and our instructors trained this youth group before and during the filming. I was not happy with the way the whole thing came accross. This was mainly due to a lot of good bits of the kids suffering covered in crap and being put through more crap ending up on the cutting room floor.They were not used to it ,didnt realise what they had signed up for and being from our young computer generation it came as a total shock.They gave it 100% and more .It was never about recreating the battle of Arnhem but it was about giving them a taste of what it was all about. They suffered and stuck with it.We finally got them to Holland and myself and several other former regular army paras from, I think four different countries put them through a five day military style parachute course, this is after they spent a day at No1 Parachute Training school being drilled by proper PJI from the RAF.The weather was bad with a lot of waiting around but they finally got one jump in at last light on the last day otherwise I was not going to allow them to jump into Arnhem. The stress and strain they were feeling at this stage does not come over clearly on the video.Finally having completed one jump and satisfying us that none were going to refuse we then threw them out of a DC3 over Renkum Heath. Not only was this the first Drop Zone used by the Para Pathfinders during the battle of Arnhem and as such were the first troops down, it had never been jumped since 1944. Although we had dropped two complete aircraft chalks of our own jumpers the day before you cannot take away the honor these kids had been given,the achivements they made and the fact that they did this jump having only completed one jump from a light aircraft a day before. A bit more hard core than 'Bad lads Army Extreme'which came over as a bunch of pussycats compared with this group. The aim was to give them a living history lesson and we gave them one hell of a lesson.Do you really think that a group of former British Paras were going to give a bunch of soft,computer generation kids and easy time? You were far mistaken.For my opinions on this with more photos look at our web site and its History pages.My article will be on there in a couple of days and it expands on my personal views. As for reenactment.Pathfinder has been in existance for nearly twenty years and we specialise in giving WW2 reenactors and anyone else who wants to have a go,the chance to jump military style for fun.'Just Ordinary men' one of the UK's leading Airborne reenactment groups has a large contingent of Para trained personal who have attended our courses over the years.Speak to them and Im sure they will set you straight.It was also them and the Fallschirmjager group that sorted their webbing out on the set and showed them how to wear it correctly.You no doubt noticed the change in uniform fashion in the second episode.You also gain your Dutch military B wing at the end of our course. This is not a Military Paratrooper wing,its a Military parachutist qualification..If you want to know the difference ask a Para.We do it the easy way for fun and the army do it the 'Hard way' and its not fun at all.Now you say you would love the chance to do it.Well nows your chance.We are running a series of courses in Holland in 2011 and we are taking booking now. Not the hard stuff the kids went through but the simple ,easy parachute course.We are also jumping into Normandy and Arnhem this year as we do every year.I cant promise you a Dakota but then its not about the aircraft.Its about putting green,round canopies over the DZ to honour our veterans.So instead of wearing the uniform and walking around playing cowboys and indians without any idea of what it means to be a real paratrooper come on one of our course and get some slipstream underneath you.Then at least you will apreciate what this program was all about and you will have a greater understanding of what our veterans went through just as these kids had when they finished the project..Just for the record the Parachute is just a means of transport.Its the man under it that makes the difference in battle.I will expect to see your name on an application form some time soon.Regards Roy Mobsby Roy Mobsby (Sgt. 5 Abn Bd retired). Jump/Operations Coordinator Pathfinder Parachute Group UK. http://www.pathfindergroupuk.com/

  • Sean

    over 3 years ago

    Sean

    Well they should have said the Netherlands. But I'm sure we can forgive such a small mistake. Speaking of mistakes... I see this video is STILL not working. What is going on with it?

  • Xavi

    over 3 years ago

    Xavi

    Arnhem is in Gelderland, not Holland(north or south). Shame on the Channel 5 researchers.

  • Jade

    over 3 years ago

    Jade

    i want to say a big well done to everybody who went through and jumped at the end. to us girls they could have shown some of our efforts but anyway. you all did really well. its a shame i did the stupid stuff. proud of you all guys. Jade x

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  • as

    over 3 years ago

    as

    still doesnt work at third attempt. iv got the second episode recorded ready to watch but want to see this first. its not my computer cos iv watched fifth gear on demand five. fix this please!

  • Sean

    over 3 years ago

    Sean

    Why has this not been fixed? I missed both programmes and would like to watch them on here. I've checked 3 times over the past week, and each time it says it is unavailable, and to check back soon... Is something being done about this?

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  • Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Anonymous

    this is my airsoft skirmish site at elite action games dorking XD

  • Scott Nisbet

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Nisbet

    I live in Scotland, am 17 and do reenacting as a hobby, and this is an embarassment to those who fought there, the kit is off, and the attitude of those teenagers was extremely disrespectful!!! Really well thought out concept, but reenactors should have been involved in this. Channel 5 could have donw a bit more research, but obviously for a 1st time thing, well done channel 5, would give you a 8/10 as the only losses are the attitudes of the teenagers towards the project! Reenactors never get a chance to reenact the actual parachuting aspect, and for a chance to do it, many would have payed money! These teenages got it for free, and so should have shown respect and took everything with a pinch of salt. S.Nisbet

  • Jason Vorhees

    over 3 years ago

    Jason Vorhees

    I was in the UK when I first tried to view the videos and could not. I am now in the USA and still I cannot view the videos. Would you please give instruction or a hint as to how the videos may be viewed?

  • Paul

    over 3 years ago

    Paul

    i Think it's a shame some have put these people down, this program was great. These kids volunteered to do this and i take my hat off to them, i am ex Military Police and my family have been in the forces for decades my grandmother lost both her brothers in Op Mkt Garden 1 before he even landed and i hope the memories are kept alive for many years to come. Well done to all that took part and ignore bad feedback you did well.

  • EdAke

    over 3 years ago

    EdAke

    One of the best programmes I have seen for a long time. The youngsters were brilliant and deserve congratulations. Arnhem is such an evocative place, anyone visiting it is bound to be moved. Well done

  • person

    over 3 years ago

    person

    stupid adverts

  • Leslie

    over 3 years ago

    Leslie

    Just watched the first episode here on Demand 5 and I am thrilled that a group of boys and girls have experienced something of what it must have been like to train to go to war. I am a serving soldier of nearly 20 years and I believe this type of experience for most young people will turn them into fine young men and women. Discipline is the key here, doing what is right and doing for each other and their team. A bit of that on a national level would make this country a better place. Well done to everyone who took part.

  • Laura

    over 3 years ago

    Laura

    well done to all those who took part in this, it is amazing to watch. i can understand why people think its an insult rather than a tribute to the men who went through the battle at arnhem but its got to be said that they did try and thats what counts. i just feel for the people and their families you lived through it for real and not as an experiment. well done to all who took part.

  • Colin Bourdiec

    over 3 years ago

    Colin Bourdiec

    What a great programmed was captivated. Well done to all the young people involved. Wish there was something like this when I was 18. Colin Bourdiec (George Formby impersonator)

  • Demand_FIVE

    over 3 years ago

    Demand_FIVE

    Thanks for making us aware of this issue. We are experiencing a technical problem with our video at present. It is being investigated and we’ll get this restored as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience.

  • Steve

    over 3 years ago

    Steve

    I especially liked the lad who, after meeting the veterans and laying flowers on the graves said "I thought this was just about a parachute jump. I know better know" A very well done to all involved. Superb work from everyone and it made enthralling TV

  • Carol

    over 3 years ago

    Carol

    My father was a Para for over 25 years and saw active service all over the word. He was a para until the day he died and would have been very proud to have seen these youngsters put all the effort that they did into achieving the jump. This was in no way an insult to those who died at Arnhem - more a tribute! Wouldn't it be nice to give the kids credit for what they achieved instead of moaning about it - all the 'old paras' I know would have been chuffed that they had a go!

  • Teacher

    over 3 years ago

    Teacher

    I would like to say a very big well done to the young people who took part. I am a teacher and you were so motivated and did not whinge or whine. You just made the most of it and will always treasure your experiences. I felt for you Luke.

  • Sean Dobson

    over 3 years ago

    Sean Dobson

    SEAN. My uncle fought at Arnhem and lived not to tell the tale.I was on active service for the first,but not the last time when I was eighteen,these kids are several generations removed from us with very different up-bringings and attitudes so fair play to them for having a go.

  • Timthetasape

    over 3 years ago

    Timthetasape

    One of the best documentaries/reality tv shows i have seen. It restored my faith in British youth and made me proud to be part of this country.

  • kev

    over 3 years ago

    kev

    Should make this compulsory for all kids this age as it may make them value themselves and others more.

  • liam

    over 3 years ago

    liam

    this website is stupid i want to watch this but where is the play button

  • spike

    over 3 years ago

    spike

    i was in the programe and if it makes the youth of today respect what happened in ww2 then its a good thing if they go away with learning something about what our lads did in ww2 then iam all for this

  • andreaa

    over 3 years ago

    andreaa

    You can only watch the show on Demand Five if you are in the UK. See http://www.five.tv/help/can-i-watch-video-if-i-am-outside-the-uk

  • michael

    over 3 years ago

    michael

    Why cant i watch this in ireland......I'm in it somewhere......please let me in....please please please

  • KS

    over 3 years ago

    KS

    The site is in Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane in Dorking.

  • KS

    over 3 years ago

    KS

    I was involved in this programme in my mid forties and I learnt more about WW2 than I ever did at school! It was inspiring and very emotive in parts. In episode two you will see less wingeing and the pride that these young people felt at being involved in this amazing experience, meeting veterans being involved in the parade and the masses of learning from the history at Arnhem with their museum and commemorative memorials.

  • Mark2

    over 3 years ago

    Mark2

    Funny to see the Eilte Action Games Airsoft/Paintball site on TV. Been there a few times

  • mark

    over 3 years ago

    mark

    my dad was 1 para served in the atlas mountings in north africa and with the 7th armoured div in the desert sicily then the adriatic coast of italy arnhem landing on 17 th day one his last op was liberation of norway and i dont think you can do this justice on reality tv if you want to see what i mean go to a sight on the web called para data

  • Steve

    over 3 years ago

    Steve

    To the few who think this is an insult to the real veterans. On the contrary, it has given these young people a much deeper respect of what those people went through for us. They realise it was just a taster and nowhere near as dangerous as the real thing.

  • Marc O'Brien (and Robin remembering William Arthur)

    over 3 years ago

    Marc O'Brien (and Robin remembering William Arthur)

    My Grandad was there in Oosterbeek and my dad and I keep this a live memory to remember all that they went through. Flower memorial is VERY moving. Well done

  • Macdonald

    over 3 years ago

    Macdonald

    The participants are going through a small fraction of what training was originally required, but if this alone generates a greater sense of respect and interest for original WW2 veterans and their service, then this is a very worthwhile programme. Well done to all involved! Macdonald Commmando D Living History Group www.commandod.com

  • Malcolm Snook

    over 3 years ago

    Malcolm Snook

    Channel Five it would be more helpful if you told us when it will be available to watch on demand rather than just apologising for it being unavailable.

  • sgt baker

    over 3 years ago

    sgt baker

    Amazing wish they would do more of these programmes remember that one where a celebrity and there son would do a ww2 based challenge what happened to it?

  • Roy

    over 3 years ago

    Roy

    Usually I would agree with you but considering they get taught sod all about WW2 in History at school if this small group go away with a better understanding about the sacrifices their grandfathers made for their freedom then it will have achieved something. So far its a dam sight better than all the 'Bad lads ' crap that they produced.

  • Ian

    over 3 years ago

    Ian

    Great to have a reality show for kids, but this tiny effort is an insult to the guys who were there and suffered ans so often died. By all meas do it, but don't invoke Arnhem!

  • brian miller

    over 3 years ago

    brian miller

    how do you get on this show

  • John Carter

    over 3 years ago

    John Carter

    So far, an insult to those who took part in the real conflict. My father was one of the first paratroopers, volunteering to join. He took part in Operation Market Garden and was captured at Oosterbeek. This bunch of whinging kids should be ashamed of themselves.

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  • tammy

    over 3 years ago

    tammy

    Omg luke is so fit what's is last name and has he got facebook wish I could of done it but I had to go to scotland for my army medical

  • 975864

    over 3 years ago

    975864

    What a great experience for the young men, a lovely programme and educational too. One of the veterans interviewed has recently published his autobiography, DROPPED IN IT by Colin Hall on Amazon as ebook, out in paperback in 1 or 2 weeks.

  • Thomas

    over 3 years ago

    Thomas "that Dutch guy that sneaked in the footage somewher"

    A great tribute to all who fought, suffered and died. A great way to keep the memories alive.

  • Thomas

    over 3 years ago

    Thomas "that Dutch guy that sneaked in the footage somewher"

    A great tribute to all who fought, suffered and died. A great way to keep the memories alive.

  • Louisa

    over 3 years ago

    Louisa

    My cousin Michael is in this. He came back changed and more brilliant than ever. Wowed by the experience, humbled by the people he met- and with a whole bunch of new mates he's so pleased to have met.

  • eddy

    over 3 years ago

    eddy

    my mate aaron is on the front cover. well done bro :)jheezzzzz lol would like to mention also hes my brother from another mother lol.

  • Leo

    over 3 years ago

    Leo

    My Little Cuz is in this program, I'm so proud of him and the other young one's that took part, and I have to say a big THANK YOU to AHMED, SAM & the rest of the team you guys did a great job.

  • Ann Berry

    over 3 years ago

    Ann Berry

    Ann I would like to have seen this film too.

  • Anne

    over 3 years ago

    Anne

    My son Luke is in this, until injury caused him to leave. Still very proud of him and all the guys who took part.

  • Sam

    over 3 years ago

    Sam

    Damn, why didn't I hear anything about this until it was already filmed? I would have *volunteered* quite happily to be one of the teenagers taking part. Definately something I'll be watching

  • sam afful -logotse

    over 3 years ago

    sam afful -logotse

    A lot of hard work went into this project hope you all enjoy, it's been a long time in the making and could only have been done by all involved.

  • david

    over 3 years ago

    david

    i was 1 of the youths it was a honourable experience wat we went thru and we actually realised how all the war heroes felt fighting 4 our country make sure u all tunnne in is a good documentary!!

  • IS

    over 3 years ago

    IS

    This would be avilable to view here only after it's broadcusted next week

  • JB

    over 3 years ago

    JB

    This was the youth workers brain child with the help of the ex paras

  • BOD

    over 3 years ago

    BOD

    ada

  • naz

    over 3 years ago

    naz

    stupid website!! i want to watch this programme, but wheres the play options, silly channel 5, cant even get a website right

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