AudiotourAirborne Museum 'Hartenstein'. An audiotour on our key objects.

Welcome to this audio tour of Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’. My name is Frank and I am the batman for Major-General Roy Urquhart of the 1st British Airborne Division. During Operation Market Garden, I was in this villa, which was used as the British headquarters during the Battle of Arnhem. I was his private servant. I used to wake the general up with a cup of tea, I would clean and tidy his room, polish his shoes and wash and steam his clothes. Urquhart and I remained good friends after the war and, as you can imagine, I heard and saw a good few things during my service. I am very happy to share these stories with you. I think I may have piqued your curiosity, so I shall start.


The nine days between the 17th and the 25th of September 1944 was an important period of European history. Operation Market Garden was launched with the purpose of invading Germany via Arnhem. Thousands of parachutists and airborne troops were deployed to seize important bridges in the Netherlands so that allied tanks could cross all the rivers. But was it an achievable goal? You will find out during this audio tour. Authentic objects and impressive stories will enable you to experience the Battle of Arnhem with your own eyes and ears.


I will show you all the objects, each of which has its unique story. With the help of sound, videos and photographs, the objects will truly come to life. The objects’ numbers will show you which museum artefact they are on the legend. The audio tour starts on the first floor. I invite you to watch the introduction film to prepare you for your journey. Have you polished your boots? Are you feeling sharp today? Then let the operation begin!


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  • H Ligtenberg

    5 out of 5 rating 07-16-2018

    Erg interessant om aan de hand van deze tour het museum te bezoeken

  • Heel goed en leuk gemaakt

    4 out of 5 rating 02-18-2018

    In het museum zelf was echter al zó veel te bekijken, lezen, horen etc dat de audiotour eigenlijk te veel extra info was voor mij. Daarom heb ik hem niet helemaal geluisterd.

  • Dirk en Renske van de Peppel

    5 out of 5 rating 02-10-2018

    echt super interessant,mooi en leuk

  • Peter

    5 out of 5 rating 12-28-2017

    Een belangrijke herinnering om generaties te laten blijven beleven.