British NCO served with 1st Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 15th Infantry Bde in Norway, 1940
REEL 1 Aspects of period as private with 1st and 2nd Bns King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in GB, India and Burma, 1932-1939: background to enlistment, 1932; reaction of parents to enlistment; service in India and Burma; discharge from army, 1939; reaction to recall to service. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 15th Infantry Bde in Norway, 1940: journey from Metz, France to Norway via Scotland; issue of warm clothing; description of voyage to Norway; firing on German Air Force reconnaissance aircraft at Dombas; night disembarkation at Molde; march to Otta; character of commanding officer; character of battalion; discipline; section weapons.
REEL 2 Continues: personal weapons in section; opinion of Thompson Machine Gun; incident during sentry duty; uniform worn and it's inadequacy for Norway; impressions of Norway; mood of troops; problems digging in at Dombas; deployment at Dombas; character of his section; march from Dombas to Otta; move to Kvam; deployment in defensive positions; construction of breastworks; layout of defensive positions.
REEL 3 Continues: settling into positions; location of company headquarters; character of terrain; hearing news that forward company was under pressure; shelling of his own position and casualties; fate of company commander; orders to withdraw to Otta; reduction in A company personnel; withdrawal process; impressions of A company withdrawing through positions; defensive positions at Dombas; entraining for Andalsnes; de-railing of train and march into tunnel; resting in tunnel; state of medical officer; pre-deployment training in regiment; train from tunnel to Andalsnes; embarkation at Andalsnes; firing at targets at Kvam.
REEL 4 Continues: description of German attack at Kvam; lessons learnt from campaign; atmosphere in battalion on return from Norway; arrival of reinforcements; debriefing on return from Norway.
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