British officer served with 2/7th Bn Gurkha Rifles in Greece, 1944-1945 and Malaya, 1950-1956; served with 1/7th Bn Gurkha Rifles in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation, 1963-1964; commanded 1/2nd Bn Gurkha Rifles during Indonesian Confrontation, 1965-1966
REEL 1 Aspects of period as officer with 2/7th Bn Gurkha Rifles in Greece, 1944: tensions between British troops and ELAS guerrillas in Patras, 12/1944; dealing with civil unrest amongst populace; reaction to curfew. Recollections of operations as officer with 2/7th Bn Gurkha Rifles in Malaya, 1950-1956: unpreparedness of British forces at start of Emergency; opinion and character of operations; character of early insurgent operations; method of patrolling in jungle; navigating in jungle; number and nature of jungle contacts; weights carried in packs; rest and retraining periods; morale; opinion of British and Fijian troops; question of competition over number of insurgent kills; opinion of General Gerald Templer; role of War Executive Committees; change in nature of operations from 1953.
REEL 2 Continues: opinion of role of Special Air Service. Recollections of operations as officer with 1/7th Bn Gurkha Rifles in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation, 1963-1964: character of 3rd Division in Borneo; information gathered from Ibans; relations between British forces and Ibans; degree of discipline amongst Gurkhas in Borneo; building and plotting of landing zones; importance of helicopters; impressions that British forces lacked equipment and support; opinion of General Walter Walker; General Walter Walker’s attempts to increase number of troops under command; relations with and opinion of 845 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm; Westland Wessex helicopter crash in which he lost arm, 24/4/1964.
REEL 3 Continues: nature of incursion operations over Indonesian border; frustration of proximity of Indonesian troops to border and not being able to attack them. Aspects of operations commanding 1/2nd Bn Gurkha Rifles in Borneo Confrontation, 1965-1966: nature of ‘Claret’ operations; attitude towards ‘Claret’ operations; reaction to end of Indonesian Confrontation, 2/1966. Reflections on service with Gurkhas: role played by Gurkhas during operations in Far East; question of role for Gurkhas during 1980s; attitude towards service with Gurkhas; opinion of Gurkhas as jungle fighters in Indonesian Confrontation; contrast between Gurkha recruits during Second World War and 1980s; reasons for changing relations between British officers and Gurkhas; attitude towards commanding 1/2nd Gurkha Rifles; attitude towards posting to Ministry of Defence, 1968.
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