’Britain at War’ Magazine, PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1NA
Countless Arnhem Stories
I was reading the Arnhem special section in the latest issue and I would like to provide some information on Brigadier John Hackett, who eventually became General Hackett. He was with the 4th Parachute Brigade and they were involved with the above engagement. He was seriously wounded and his life was saved by a brilliant South African surgeon [Captain Alexander Lipmann-Kessel]. Hackett was then sheltered at the risk of their lives by a Dutch family and the dedicated members of their village. He eventually escaped with Resistance help and made it to allied lines.
After the war he went back to say thank you and wrote a book called I was a Stranger which detailed the battle, his part in it and the personalities involved, both allied and Dutch. It is a fascinating read and can still be obtained. Sadly he died in 1997.
Helen Mills (Ex-WAAF Plotter)
Aussies on D-Day