Battle of Arnhem: Tour of Duty

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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 oncein- 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 (35)

  • Andy, From Croydon too.

    3 years ago

    Andy, From Croydon too.

    I have been a pilot since the age of 16. (Gliders) I went on to fly powered aircraft and even twin engined types in cross country flights in the UK, Europe and the USA. I have always viewed parachuting with disdain, as the action of lunatics, and something that an airborne human should only consider as a last resort. Since watching this program however...I want to jump out of a Dakota over Arnhem. It looks like so much fun.

  • dennis2303

    over 3 years ago



  • Vince Scott

    over 3 years ago

    Vince Scott

    Will the kids of tomorrow be reminded of all the rest of the stuff that British Forces of today are doing? Will Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Kosovo, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan be seen as so important because the ‘homeland’ was not under direct threat? I hope they are seen as significant causes and worthy of note of remembrance. Total respect is due to the WW1 and WW2 Vets, they so deserve the respect and their place in History. The military boys and girls of today are paying the price too, but without the glory and respect that is bestowed upon those who feature in the historical military efforts in direct defence of the country. The boys and girls of today are fighting and dying for principles; some of which they won’t even understand. They are nevertheless, doing their duty with all the professionalism and courage of their WW1/2 predecessors. At the going down of the sun...................

  • anthony12345705

    over 3 years ago


    i would love to do it

  • thompsonlcl

    over 3 years ago


    makes me wish i had the opportunity to do the same,well done guys,profound respect for all the vet's that made the ultimate sacrifice and took part in ww2.

  • Roy

    over 3 years ago


    It is so wonderful to see 'Our youth' doing such stuff. To experience and honour what their Grandfathers went through. I wish that all our youth of today could be given this kind of opportunity. The Kids involved in this programme should be so very proud at what they have shown to their generation. As a Veteran I do give a great and honourable salute.

  • Darren T

    over 3 years ago

    Darren T

    This program explained the events of Arnhem very well. I thought it was a great idea to use youngsters who had no real understanding of what went on in Arnham and what all the para troops went through. This is a great way to teach the youth of today a little history and show them how these events shaped the future of the world and most of all teach them respect. Looking forward to the next project!

  • Martin

    over 3 years ago


    As the programme makers failed to add any credits to teh WWII peoples ... The parachute curse was run by; The British Paras; The German Fallschirmjager; Hope you all enjoyed the work that was put in by the re-ennactors

  • tiggerspal1

    over 3 years ago


    Some have said they would like to experience something like this. Well - every year they have the "Nijmegen March". Walk 40 or 50 km (your choice) for 4 consecutive days in the area of the operation. You will be sore, you will be tired, but just watch todays Paras at the finish every day - marching to the finish line then watch them limp away showing just what it took to "march" to the finish line. Respect to the WWII veterans - Respect to those that follow.

  • KS

    over 3 years ago


    Hoping to do a D day programme for teens, however we need the funding toget it all under way unless channel 5 are interested in supporting a new slant on the same idea!

  • Tania

    over 3 years ago


    The saying: "'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is so true. We need to honour these men who laid down their lives so that we could live in freedom. We need more things like this for the younger generation. They don't know how lucky they are to live in a free country. How about a D Day programme with teens?

  • Chris N

    over 3 years ago

    Chris N

    Good show what kidds need these days ex Army I could know.New 5OD not so good keeps stopping when ads come on having to restart and move it on

  • Chris N

    over 3 years ago

    Chris N

    Good show what kidds need these days ex Army I could know.New 5OD not so good keeps stopping when ads come on having to restart and move it on

  • Leslie

    over 3 years ago


    Just fantastic to be able to watch this programme. The last 5 minutes brought tears to my eyes in recognition of what the veterans did for us. It is also a privelege to see these youngsters actually acknowledge what was done on their behalf too. My own kids of 17, 15, 13 and 11 have scant knowledge of this period in history and it frustrates me that they don't show any interest when I try to tell them about battles like Arnhem and the sacrifices made for them by our forefathers. There is hope for our younger generation, they just need the chance to meet those who did the unimaginable for our freedoms today.

  • davie

    over 3 years ago


    unwatchable on the demand 5, interesting show but not good enough to sit for hours while it loads, unfortunate

  • Peter Parr

    over 3 years ago

    Peter Parr

    This is super I would loke to get involved with something like this!! What a lucky bunch to have the oppertunity and honour to do this and it proves that not all the English youth are usless louts as is branded about in the media today !! WELL DONE.

  • Dave

    over 3 years ago


    Excellent show, and this kind of experience should be used as to help teach youth of today to learn how respect others.I know Wayne from the Para's we were in the same company, mind you he had more hair then.

  • Bored

    over 3 years ago


    why is 5OD so rubbish? It's taken me about 3 hours to get 5 min into the second episode! Keeps showing me the adverts again and again and again and if the program actually works for a bit it will freeze. Sort yourselvs out 5, i-player never has any problems.

  • jonathan

    over 3 years ago


    what a grate show but it stos at times

  • Dave

    over 3 years ago


    What an experience for a group of teens. They were brilliant, even the girl who couldn't go. She tried so hard. I really enjoyed the programme. Brilliant instructors. Lets have some more like this.

  • darren

    over 3 years ago


    my uncle was a RAMC at Arnhem he was one of the lucky few that returned watching this program show that today young people do understand the sacrifice that many made proud well done you guys and girls that did that and i think a lot of people are proud of what you did

  • Arim

    over 3 years ago


    I think this is amazing and they should run more projects like this for the youth of today

  • spike

    over 3 years ago


    i was in this and its good to see the youth of today having respect for what the troops did in ww2 .all the kids that did the drop deserve a pat on the back well done to you all .

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  • kevin thompson (fitness instructor)

    over 3 years ago

    kevin thompson (fitness instructor)

    thanks for all of you support we would like to thank all the teenages that took part. my great uncle also died during this operation and this is why i joined the parachute regiment

  • Anonymous

    over 3 years ago


    my husband's father was killed during the battle and is buried at Oosterbeek. We have visited several times and were actually there this year but did not see the parachute drop because of difficulties with traffic due to an air show.We were however inthe cemetery for the memorial service

  • sean feeney

    over 3 years ago

    sean feeney

    amazing same eric and wayne

  • James Fellows

    over 3 years ago

    James Fellows

    A slight deviation in the emulation of the Arnhem paratroopers is that the wartime paratroopers did not have reserve parachutes!

  • owen

    over 3 years ago


    the first one was amazing and i didn't get to see tonight's 1 please put it on 5 demand please!!!!!!!

  • Syd

    over 3 years ago


    @ Glenn Filmed in part at an Airsoft site called Elite Airsoft,

  • Kerry

    over 3 years ago


    My 50 year old husbands dad was a Paratrooper at Arnhem and he landed at Ginkel Heath. Unfortunately, he was later in the Market Garden opeation captured by the germans and put in a POW camp.. Brilliant series.. More please..

  • Ryan

    over 3 years ago


    please put in on 5 deamand or alteast repeat it on five

  • Glenn

    over 3 years ago


    Anyone know where they trained in Dorking, please? I live there and would like to know!

  • nuha

    over 3 years ago


    come on let me view it online...i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!

  • david

    over 3 years ago


    cant wait 2 see this !!!!