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The most exciting and important original ‘Arnhem’ picture for many years.

This remarkable painting depicts the final days of the defence of the Oosterbeek Perimeter by the remnants of The 10th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in September 1944. It is a stunning representation of the chaos of conflict, it feels almost as though you are there inside the ruins with these beleaguered men.

The original, created by artist, Derek Chambers FRSA, has been kindly donated to Friends of the Tenth.

For the 75th Anniversary, we are offering a Limited Edition of only 75 full size prints. These are the highest, studio quality, artist signed, copyrighted and numbered.

A fine art giclée print on Hahnnemuhle 310gsm paper, measuring 24 x 32 inches.

Each print will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, a profile of the artist and a Précis description of the events surrounding the scene of the action.

This ‘limited numbered’ edition will NOT be repeated. A once in a lifetime investment opportunity to acquire one of only 75 copies. This will be more than likely over-subscribed, so it is strictly limited to one per buyer.

 

£245 each plus P&P (rolled in a heavy-duty cardboard tube, tracked, signed for and insured: £15). Orders will be delivered during March.

 

To pre-order and pay use this link: https://friendsofthetenth.co.uk/product/the-last-stand-of-the-tenth/

 

Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, and 15 are reserved for auction at the PAG Dinner & Ball.

 

Prior sealed bids for these will be announced and accepted in due course. Please contact alec@friendsofthetenth.co.uk if you wish to bid or cannot attend the auction.

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Derek Chambers, who is painting the ‘Last Stand of The Tenth’ recently travelled to Oosterbeek in the Netherlands. Derek is researching for his forthcoming painting which is to depict the final days of the battalion in its desperate stand helping hold the 1st Airborne’s perimeter before the final withdrawal across the Rhine.

Derek and his son, John, met with our Patron in the Netherlands, Robert Voskuil and with Arjan and Liesbeth Frieze.

We are immensely grateful to Derek who is donating the picture to FOTT to raise funds for our charity. We really can’t wait to see the finished result which will be of huge significance and interest especially to everyone who has served in and / or supports the Parachute Regiment.

Ultimately, we will be auctioning this important work as well as selling signed and numbered fine art copies. If you are interested or would like more information, please email alec@friendsofthetenth.co.uk

Robert, John and Derek in the famous Schoonoord Hotel, Oosterbeek, which served as a dressing station and makeshift hospital during the battle.

 

Outside the Old Church, Oosterbeek

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On 19th November at The Pytchley Lodge Golf Club we received £905 from the lovely, generous ‘Pytchley Potters’; Julia, John, Vanessa, Andy, Margaret and Mark. What a great group of people…not only did they spend hours of their own time making the beautiful ceramic poppies but then marketed and sold them on our behalf. A massive effort and we are so very grateful.

 

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I am delighted to announce that Adam Jowett, assistant Regimental Secretary to The Parachute Regiment, has been appointed liaison to Friends of The Tenth.

Wanting to know more about Adam, I bought a copy of his recent book ‘No Way Out’. The story of Easy Company, which Adam commanded, defending the District Centre compound of Musa Qala, Afghanistan, against overwhelming odds in 2006.

You must buy and read this remarkable book!

A spellbinding story by a great storyteller. If a 21st Century Para can understand what it was like during the last stand of the 10th Bn in Oosterbeek then it must be Adam.

One of those books so riveting that I read it from cover to cover after I had turned the first page. It is relentless, it has the pace and tension of the very best novels but it is, of course, a true story.

I recommend this book on so many levels, yes, a ripping yarn but so much more. An up close look at the fighting spirit exemplified by these incredibly brave men and their ultimate loyalty to each other. An insight into the agonising decisions of command. An understanding of the nature of Afghanistan and the Taliban, a deadly and fanatical enemy.

 

Alec Wilson

 

 

“In Helmand province in July 2006, Major Adam Jowett was given command of Easy Company, a hastily assembled and under-strength unit of Paras and Royal Irish rangers. Their mission was to hold the District Centre of Musa Qala at any cost. Easy Company found themselves in a ramshackle compound, cut off and heavily outnumbered by the Taliban in the town.”

“In No Way Out, Adam evokes the heat and chaos of battle as the Taliban hit Easy Company with wave after wave of brutal attack. He describes what it was like to have responsibility for the lives of his men as they fought back heroically over twenty-one days and nights of relentless, nerve-shredding combat. Finally, as they came down to their last rounds and death stared Easy Company in the face, the siege took an extraordinary turn . . .”

“Powerful, highly-charged and moving, No Way Out is Adam’s tribute to the men of Easy Company who paid a heavy price for serving their country.”

 

https://www.panmacmillan.com/…/ada…/no-way-out/9781509864706

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