British policeman served with Palestine Police Force in Palestine, 1941-1946
REEL 1 Background in Eastbourne, London and Brighton, GB, 1921-1940: family; education; employment. Recollections of period as policeman with Palestine Police Force in Palestine, 1941-1946: background to applying to join Palestine Police Force, 1940; character of voyage from GB to Middle East; amusing reception by Palestine Police Force sergeant at El Qantara in Egypt; status of Palestine Railways; attractions of desert; initial impressions of Palestine at Gaza; initial reaction to sight of mounted policeman.
REEL 2 Continues: reception on arrival in Jerusalem; shots fired at police in Sheikh Jarah area; question of Arab loyalties; attitude of Palestinian Arabs to possibility of German takeover; character of Palestine Police Depot at Mount Scopus; rigours of training and sporting prowess in police; stretcher exercise in Nebi Samuel; question of motivation of policemen; sense of serving in a mandated territory; contrast between British mandate and Turkish administration.
REEL 3 Continues: method of operation by mounted section; method of conducting investigations in Arab villages; techniques for handling communal urban tensions; examples of where crowds were quelled; posting to Haifa, 1942; policing problems in Haifa, 1942; presence of Lohemei Herut Israel-Lehi (Stern Gang) in Haifa, 1942; problems with presence of Allied serviceman in Haifa.
REEL 4 Continues: order used to sort out trouble during servicemens' fights in Haifa, 1942; transfer to Jenin, 12/1942; atmosphere of Palestinian Arab village, 1942; negotiations used to secure rifles from Arab villages; suspicion of Eastern European Jews for Gentile authority; sense of unease amongst police with Jewish culture; his understanding of background to Palestine problem; his friendship with Jews; Arab-Jewish friendship within police force; attitude of police force to making civilian friends.
REEL 5 Continues: attitude towards marriage between police officers and Jewish and Arab women; vetting procedure towards prospective brides; historical background to the Jenin area; problem with Absconded Offenders (AO's) in Jenin, 1943; pursuit of insurgent turned criminal, Hamad Zawata; method of walking quietly into village; accidental shooting during pursuit of Hamid Zawata; capture of Hamid Zawata.
REEL 6 Continues: how Hamid Zawata's case was handled in court; variety of men in police service; rigorous selection of police officers; transfer to Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Nablus area; orders to set up Jewish Affairs Section in Nablus area; intelligence gathering duties; thwarting of Zionist plot to blow up his post at Nathaniya; working with 6th Airborne Div at Latrun.
REEL 7 Continues: encounter with old school friend; experience of earthquake in Nablus, 1944; second hand account of Battle of Yabad, 1935; reason for existence for British Section of Palestine Police Force; contrast between Sephardic and Ashkenarzy Jews; policing problems posed by public expressions of different religious faiths in Palestine.
REEL 8 Continues: opinion of excellence of British colonial policemen in keeping order with reference to 1929 riots in Hebron; dealing with illegal immigrants; how internment system worked in Latrun; taking leave in GB, 1946; reasons for not returning to Palestine, 1946.