British NCO served 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regt in Northern Ireland and Cyprus, 1969-1976
REEL 1 Period with 1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in Hong Kong, 1966-1968: background to joining unit; border duties; Chinese reception on arrival on border; transfer to 4th Bn Royal Anglian Regt. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regt in Northern Ireland, 1969-1972: preparing for posting by reading Irish history; character of first tour; memories of Bloody Sunday, 1972; sight of bodies on Bloody Sunday; reaction to death of first soldier in unit; question of media coverage of incidents; amusing story of stopping car and losing NCO. Period with 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regt in Cyprus, 1974- 1975: reaction to move to Cyprus; witnessing shooting incident; occasion when married quarters hit by gunfire. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regt on second tour of Northern Ireland, 1976: changes in situation in between 1972 and 1976; settling in period.
REEL 2 Continues: importance of trust in NCO; procedure on being shot at; reaction to being under- fire; question of when to open fire and use of yellow card; problems of getting troops to stop firing; occasion when intelligence briefing was interrupted by bomb; importance of keeping calm during tense situations; witnessing IRA punishment beating; role of troops in intelligence gathering; question of Irish mythology propaganda promoted in folk music; amusing story of being accosted by drunk in Londonderry. Reaction to leaving British Army
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.