British civilian Deputy Governor of Cyprus, 1955-1960
REEL 1 Recollections of period as Deputy Governor in Cyprus, 1955-1960: pattern of career as colonial administrator in West Africa including Gold Coast, 1936-1955; sudden transfer to Cyprus, 1955; international significance of Cyprus; role of Field Marshal John Harding and his suitability as governor; Sinclair’s role as deputy governor; description of Field Marshal John Harding’s management style; continuity from previous colonial administration.
REEL 2 Continues: John Reddaway’s qualifications and role as Administrative Secretary; Sinclair’s development plans including health care; reactions of local civilians and EOKA; role of British armed forces in Cyprus; role of Cyprus Police at start of Emergency; memories of Chief Constable Geoffrey White and Chief of Staff Sir Geoffrey Baker; an example of Field Marshal John Harding’s management of liaison between Cyprus Police and armed services.
REEL 3 Continues: Field Marshal John Harding’s relations with colleagues; backgrounds of senior Cyprus Police officers; operation of Cyprus Intelligence Committee; role of Julian Amery; changes in intelligence operation with arrival of John Prendergast, 1958; coping with EOKA intimidation of Cypriots; discovery of George Grivas’ diaries and the consequences.
REEL 4 Continues: phases in development of British operations in Cyprus; delaying deportation of George Grivas until after signing of London Agreement, 1959; intelligence about Archbishop Makarios; resignation of Rauf Deuktash as Solicitor General; historic origins of Greek-Turkish conflict; role of Sinclair and Alan Lenox-Boyd in deportation of Archbishop Makarios, 1956; consequences of Archbishop Makarios’ deportation.
REEL 5 Continues: role of Archbishop Makarios in Cypriot nationalism; character and estimation of Archbishop Makarios before and after Cyprus independence; justification for introduction of emergency measures in Cyprus; reaction of Cypriots to Emergency; Field Marshal John Harding views on situation in Cyprus; tone of Cypriot media towards British.
REEL 6 Continues: nature of security arrangements for Field Marshal John Harding; decision to retain British families in Cyprus; impact on Cyprus of Suez Crisis, 1956; aspects of Lord Radcliffe’s constitutional proposals, 1957; background to Partition of Cyprus; discussing Turkish Cypriot riot with Rauf Deuktash; role of Francis Noel-Baker in Cyprus.
REEL 7 Continues: comparison between Governor Hugh Foot’s and Field Marshal John Harding’s policies; description of Hugh Foot’s management style; Hugh Foot’s views on detention of insurgents; Hugh Foot’s relations with armed forces; memories of Chief Constable John Brown; Hugh Foot’s attempted meetings with George Grivas and Archbishop Makarios; nature of British relations with Greek and Turkish communities; international responses to situation in Cyprus.
REEL 8 Continues: failure of Harold Macmillian’s plan for Cyprus; comparison between Harold Macmillian’s plan and Zurich Agreement; negotiations for British bases after independence; role of Julian Amery; Archbishop Makarios’ view of independence negotiations; British impact on Cyprus; basis for post-independence Cypriot division.