British officer served with No 4 Commando in GB and during Lofotens Raid in Norway, 1940-1942; served with No 6 Commando in Tunisia, 1943; commanded No 6 Commando, 1st Special Service Bde and 1st Commando Bde in North West Europe, 1944-1945; commanded Sultans Armed Forces in Oman, 1964-1967
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1920-1939: family; education; commissioning into Dorset Regiment, 1939. Recollections of operations as officer with No 4 Commando in GB and during Lofotens Raid in Norway, 1940-1943: background to joining commandoes; training; organisation of unit; crossing North Sea to Norway for Lofotens Raid, 27/12/1941; landing on Lofoten Islands; objectives of raid; his own role; demeanour of German POWs; embarkation of Norwegian civilians; handling of Norwegian traitors; evacuation of Lofoten Islands; effect of raid on morale. Aspects of operations as officer with No 6 Commando in Tunisia, 1943: background to recruitment to No 6 Commando; patrolling.
REEL 2 Continues: clash with German patrol; opinion of calibre of German troops; attitude towards local people; defence of â€˜Green Patchâ€™; unit casualties. Recollections of operations commanding No 6 Commando, 1st Special Service Bde in Normandy, 1944: preparations for D-Day landings; landing on Sword Beach, D-Day, 6/6/1945; crossing Caen Canal on Pegasus Bridge, 6/6/1944; opinion of quality of German opposition in Normandy. Recollections of operations commanding No 6 Commando, 1st Commando Bde in North West Europe, 1944-1945: opinion of performance of Allied troops during D-Day; crossing River Aller in Germany.
REEL 3 Continues: his plan to attack bridge over River Aller, Germany; bayonet charge to capture bridge; calibre of German opposition; sight of inmates of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp; sight of murdered camp inmates at Neustadt Concentration Camp, 4/1945; attitude of British troops towards Germans. Recollections of operations commanding Sultans Armed Forces in Oman, 1964-1967: reasons for accepting post; nature of opposition; size and character of Sultans Armed Forces; size of British contingent; character of Sultan Said bin Taimur; start of trouble in Dhofar, 1965; reasons for conflict in Dhofar; sources of insurgents' weapons; problem of popular support; character of prisoners taken; treatment of prisoners.
REEL 4 Continues: laying of ambushes; air supply of camps in mountains; description of mountain camps; sit down strike of Baluchi soldiers; case of murder of soldier; attitude of Omanis towards British; equipment Sultan Armed Forcesâ€™ lacked.