British officer commanded 1st Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in Cyprus, 1956-1957; commanded 3 Bde in Cyprus, 1957-1959
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as commanding officer of 1st Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in Cyprus, 1956-1957: background to unit's move to Cyprus, summer 1956; manpower shortage in battalion; voyage from GB to Cyprus aboard Dilwara; briefing troops aboard Dilwara; importance of troops arriving in smart condition; billeting in schools in Nicosia; co-ordination with police and administration; construction of Kermia Camp near Nicosia; problems of maintaining discipline and accidents among troops; brigadiers he worked under; opinion of quality of police; question of quality of intelligence received; problems mounting guards on police station.
REEL 2 Continues: exchange with Royal Navy personnel for guard duties; cordon and search duties in villages; attitude of civilians towards troops; move of unit to Limassol; activities of unit fire-raiser at Limassol camp; disruption of EOKA activities in Limassol area; problems guarding high-ranking officers at Episkopi; extra administrative responsibilities of presence of Suez operation forces; question of anti-British feeling among Greek population; relations with Turkish Cypriot population. Aspects of period as brigadier commanding 3 Bde in Cyprus, 1957-1959: taking command of 3 Bde.
REEL 3 Continues: training film produced; his public relations duties; relations with Governor Generals and estimation of their work.
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