British NCO served with B Coy, 2nd Bn Parachute Regt in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation, 1964-1965
REEL 1: Recollections of operations as NCO with 2nd Bn Parachute Regt in Suez Canal Zone of Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan and Aden, 1954-1963: outline of military career prior to joining Parachute Regt, 1949-1954; escort duties in Canal Zone of Egypt; importance of training; reaction to operations in Cyprus; attitude to wounding; preparations for operations in Jordan, 1958; deployment in Jordan, 1958; attitude to serving in Jordan; technique for travelling across desert; on leave in Cyprus from Canal Zone of Egypt, 1954; character of operations in Aden.
REEL 2 Continues: threat from insurgents in urban environment in Aden; question of personal morale in action; relations between NCOs and officers; question of treatment of poor performing platoon commanders. Aspects of operations as company sergeant major with B Coy, 2nd Bn Parachute Regt in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation, 1964-1965: choice of position of company base; character of positions; patrolling regime; discovery of Indonesian positions; composition of company base; defensive weapons. Recollections of operations as company sergeant major with B Coy, 2nd Bn Parachute Regt in Borneo during Battle of Plaman Mapu in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontration, 27/4/1965: start of Indonesian attack on position; loss of mortar crew.
REEL 3 Continues: reaction to attack; meeting at command post; weather conditions during attack; counter-attack against Indonesians; directing machine gun fire at Indonesians; directing artillery and mortar fire onto Indonesian troops; breaking up of third Indonesian assault; procedure for reinforcing positions; use of clearing patrol; arrival of Gurkha reinforcements; evacuation to hospital; duration of battle; nature of his wounds; opinion of Indonesian opposition; significance of action.
REEL 4 Continues: reaction to possibility of being pensioned off; awards for battle. Reflections on military service: question of role of Parachute Regt; degree of professional attitude of British Army.