British NCO served with 2nd Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in India and Palestine, 1945-1946
REEL 1 Recollections of period as NCO with 2nd Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 6th Airlanding Bde, 6th Airborne Div in India, 1945: posting to jungle training course; reaction to lack of rationing; amusing hawkers; impression of Bangalore and Mysore; coping with monsoon in Nilgiri Hills, 8/1945; jungle training course in Nilgiri Hills; a case of malaria; wrecking of printing press over anti-British article in Karachi, autumn 1945; attitude of Indian population to British troops; story of killing of python and its currying, 8/1945; rigged horse races at Poona, 9/1945; his narrow escape from court martial, 9/1945.
REEL 2 Continues: train journey between Poona and Karachi, autumn 1945; bout of illness and hospitalisation; suffering from anti-rabies injection. Recollections of period as NCO with 2nd Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 6th Airlanding Bde, 6th Airborne Div in Palestine, 1945-1946: opinion of Gurhkas on ship; thefts in transit in Cairo, Egypt; arrival in Palestine, late 1945; prior recollection of incident in which two unit members were captured by Germans crossing River Meuse near Venlo, Netherlands, 1/1945; role of unit in Palestine; removal of Jewish members of unit; his attitude to murder of British Intelligence Corps NCOs by Zionists, 7/1947; leave arrangements for troops; how he was snowed in Elephant Ski Resort on leave in Lebanon.
REEL 3 Continues: his adventures on return journey from Elephant Ski Resort; his encounter with US Army deserter from First World War; degree of danger he felt himself in; roadblock and patrol duties; attitude towards Stein Gang; shooting incident involving 1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles; dance hall fight in Jerusalem; opinion of role of Palestine Police; lack of contact with civilians; reprimand for fraternising with other ranks; reasons for turning down offer from brigadier to become company sergeant-major, 4/1946.
REEL 4 Continues: Question of reasons for failure of German 21st Panzer Div to eliminate troops holding Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, D-Day, 6/6/1944.