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Peterborough veteran will return to Arnhem to commemorate battle's 75th anniversary

He was one of thousands of soldiers of the First Allied Airborne Army involved in Operation Market Garden. Photo: ITV Anglia

A 94-year-old veteran from Peterborough who fought in the Battle of Arnhem is travelling back to the Netherlands to commemorate its 75th anniversary.

Geoff Roberts was 19 when he joined the war as a soldier and became a prisoner to German troops.

He was one of thousands of soldiers of the First Allied Airborne Army involved in Operation Market Garden during the second World War.

Geoff Roberts, now aged 94, was 19 when he joined the war as a soldier Credit: ITV Anglia

Their objective was to capture key river bridges around Arnhem - in an offensive manoeuvre against German forces occupying the area.

Their attempts were hampered by bad weather and a stronger than expected response from the enemy. He's been back to the Netherlands many times since he was there in 1944.

Geoff Roberts said: “One of our main troubles was the German snippers. They were everywhere. You couldn’t pop your head up without someone taking a shot at you.

“We couldn’t go out during the day because of them, so we would have to go out during the night and bring them [casualties] in. That was pretty traumatic at times.”

Geoff believes he is one of three members of his platoon who are still alive Credit: Home photo.

This week he'll be in Arnhem to mark the anniversary. Geoff believes he is now one of only three members of his platoon who are still alive.

He says while he can - he will make his annual trip to the Netherlands to remember his fallen comrades.