Athlete - Black Swan Song - Acoustic in Arnhem





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Uploaded on Sep 28, 2009

Acoustic guerrilla performance of Black Swan Song by Joel Pott, Athlete, in the forest near Arnhem, Holland.

Extract from forthcoming Documentary film by Richard Edkins and Karen Bristoll, following Joel retracing his Grandfather's footsteps in Holland.

Black Swan Song, the title song from their new album Black Swan, is about lead singer Joel Potts Grandfather Major John Pott.


In 1943 he joined the Parachute Regiment, where his brother-in-law Lieutenant Colonel John Frost DSO MC was commanding the 2nd battalion. He was soon to become famous for holding the bridge at Arnhem and was played by Anthony Hopkins in the film A Bridge Too Far.

John Pott, also at Arnhem, was commander of A company in 156 Battalion which was in the 4th Para brigade. When they were dropped on Ginkel Heide on Monday 18th September, there were many immediate casualties as SS men shot at them as they descended, but there no casualties in A Company.

Dawn of Tuesday 19th September and 156 battalion had a clear objective - to capture the Koepel an area of high wooded ground which was heavily defended by the enemy. Once this was achieved 156 battalion could join with 1st Para Brigade to help John Frost on the bridge - John Pott of course had a high personal incentive to get to his brother in law. Lt Col des Voeux selected Johns A company to lead the attack. The Koepel was separated from the fields below by a main road out of Arnhem. On that day it was also the main German defensive line. It proved to be an attack against all the odds and only John and a few men managed to get through the German defences and well into the trees.

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