British civilian served as Sea Observing Officer with the International Committee for Non-Intervention in Spain off the coast of Spain, 12/1937-2/1939
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1900-1918: family's military connections; education. Aspects of period as cadet and officer with Royal Navy in GB coastal waters, 1918-1931: joining Royal Navy, 10/1918; reaction to Armistice, 11/11/1918; training and commissioning; employment on leaving Royal Navy, 1931. Recollections of period as Sea Observing Officer with the International Committee for Non-Intervention in Spain off the coast of Spain, 12/1937-2/1939: question of selection of observers; reasons for choice of Italian observer; comradeship amongst former Non-Intervention Board personnel; briefing for role; degree of seamanship skills; background to divorce prior to joining Non-Intervention Board; degree of knowledge of languages.
REEL 2 Continues: lack of training received and value of Royal Navy training; conditions on board some of the ships boarded; question of flying of observers' pennant; how mariners were aware of Non-Intervention policy; how American seamen were ignorant of their location; suspicion over nature of cargo; question of effect of Non-Intervention policy; opinion of British preparedness for Nazi aggression; discussions with Italian officer over Axis involvement in Spanish Civil War; question of dealing with contraband transported to Spain.
REEL 3 Continues: degree of authority; instances of witnessing Axis intervention; methods used by Nationalists and International Bdes volunteers to get around non-intervention rules; position of Royal Navy; degree of contact with International Bde personnel; attitude of some Spaniards towards Franco; opinion of Spanish priests; nature of revolution in Spain, 1936; character of Spanish people; attitude of Spanish towards presence of foreigners.
REEL 4 Continues: attitude towards presence of Germans; provision of food by ship to Spain; question of boredom; story illustrating Spaniards need for work on board ship; contact with German officer on board ship; degree of Nationalist support in Santander; lack of support for Republican Spain by Soviet Union; attitude of German merchant navy officer; amusing story of contact with British intelligence agent.