The start of the Battle of Arnhem, 17th September 1944
Lieutenant Peter Stainforth of the 1st Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers, fought in Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily, and finally at the Battle of Arnhem, where he was shot through the lung and taken prisoner (so becoming one of the lucky few who survived this notorious military débacle.)
Throughout the war Peter Stainforth had a sketchbook with him, and later made this remarkable pastel drawing of the First Parachute Brigade landing on Renkum Heath, near Arnhem, in the first wave of Operation Market Garden on 17th September 1944.
Other drawings and paintings
‘Flak and Silk’
Detail from Dad’s vivid picture of jumping in the night in Sicily in 1943. Click image for the full extraordinary original.
Peter Stainforth wartime drawings
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