An appeal has been launched by villagers in Somerby, Leicestershire to create a legacy and memorial for the 10th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment.
Friends of the Tenth is a group of like-minded individuals committed to creating a lasting memory of the Battalion, which developed strong connections with villages in and around Somerby in the lead-up to it suffering heavy losses at the Battle of Arnhem.
They are aiming to raise £75,000 for a memorial to be erected in Somerby, but just as importantly want to raise awareness of the local link with one of the most significant passages of history in the countdown to the end of World War Two.
A total of 582 servicemen left Leicestershire on September 18th, 1944 to be dropped behind enemy lines for what became known as ‘A Bridge Too Far’, but only 36 survivors returned to the village two weeks later following the Battle of Arnhem.
*For more information about the appeal, go to www.friendsofthetenth.co.uk