Many books and articles about the liberation of the Netherlands, or persons that have played an important part therein have been edited since the end of the Second World War. The American paratrooper Theodore “Ted” Bachenheimer was one of them.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the American Army and he was drafted into the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. With this unit Bachenheimer was dropped over the Netherlands in September 1944.
Although many allied soldiers did not trust the Dutch resistance movement, Bachenheimer cooperated closely with them. Even far behind enemy lines… In 2001 James McNamara, son of a comrade of Bachenheimer, and myself started a search for the experiences of Ted Bachenheimer during the Second World War. This research was completed in October 2004 by my visit to his grave in Hollywood, California. A true odyssey had ended.
Especially for STIWOT [foundation for information on the Second World War] Egbert van de Schootbrugge has noted down the story of one of the most remarkable and well trained soldiers of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. We sincerely hope that herewith the remembrance of Ted Bachenheimer will stay alive.
Frank van Lunteren,
Biographer of Ted Bachenheimer