What was it like for a 17-year-old girl trying to survive
the Battle of Arnhem?
In her diary, Anje van Maanen describes what she and
her family went through during the fierce lighting that
took place around their home at Pietersbergseweg in
Oosterbeek and later during their stay at the Tafelberg
field hospital, where her father, a doctor, cared for
The exhilaration of imminent liberation that followed
the arrival of the “Airbornes” was quickly replaced by
fear. The village was retaken by the Germans. When the
situation at the field hospital became untenable, Anje
and many who were close to her had to flee Oosterbeek.
This is a story about hardship, powerlessness, courage,
respect and friendship.