British NCO served 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regt in Northern Ireland and Cyprus, 1969-1976
REEL 1 Aspects of period as NCO with 1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in Hong Kong, 1966-1968: background to joining unit; border duties; Chinese reception on arrival of unit 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: preparations for posting by reading Irish history; character of first tour; memories of Bloody Sunday in Londonderry, 30/1/1972; reaction to death of first soldier in unit; question of media coverage of incidents; amusing story of stopping car and losing NCO. Aspects of period as NCO 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 in Northern Ireland, 1976: changes in situation in between 1972 and 1976; settling in period.
REEL 2 Continues: importance of trust in NCOs; procedure on being shot at; reaction to being under fire; question of when to open fire and rules of engagement; problems of getting troops to stop firing; occasion when intelligence briefing was interrupted by bomb; importance of keeping calm during tense situations; witnessing Irish Republican Army (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.