British officer served with Joint Service Intelligence Unit, MOD Debriefing Team in GB, 1990 and with Joint Forward Interrogation Team, 1st Armoured Div in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, 1991
REEL 1 Recollections of period with Territorial Army, Intelligence Corps: reasons for joining TA; attitude towards basic training; intelligence corps training; question of rank; pay; trip to Egypt; beginnings of Gulf crisis. Recollections of period with MOD Debriefing Team, Kent, 1990: training; personnel; role of Debriefing Team.
REEL 2 Continues: analysing intelligence information; keeping track of British hostages in Iraq; release of women and children hostages; treatment of British hostages; attitude of hostages towards actions of British government; attitude towards work with Debriefing Team; attitude towards Foreign Office. Recollections of preparations for posting to Gulf, 1990-1991: question of women being posted to Gulf; joining Army as a regular; training; attitude towards being one of only 3 woman in unit.
REEL 3 Continues: relations with other women in unit; attitude towards Gulf war; training in Islam; Nuclear Biological and Chemical warfare training; NBC warning signals and procedure; question of reaction of Iraqi prisoners towards female soldiers; methods of interrogation; selection for posting to Gulf. Recollections of period with Joint Forward Interrogation Team, Gulf, 1991: first impressions; attitude towards separation of women from unit.
REEL 4 Continues: description of Blackadder camp; leaving camp; knowledge of crisis; outbreak of war; frustration of being cut off from action; role of media; contact with troops; attitude towards American women soldiers; daily routine.
REEL 5 Continues: contact with family in GB; food rations; attitude towards living conditions; toilet facilities; attitude towards Peace Camp; beginning of ground war; weakness of Iraqi army; first sight of Iraqi soldiers; methods of interrogating prisoners; duties; reaction to cease-fire; attitude towards service in Gulf.
REEL 6 Continues: attitude towards case of soldier that went AWOL; awareness of casualties; friendly fire incidents; sight of dead body of Iraqi soldier on road to Basra; negotiating Iraqi minefields; dealing with Iraqi prisoners of war.
REEL 7 Continues: knowledge of war's progress; scud attack on nearby town; weather conditions; living conditions; desert wildlife; camel ride; move to Kuwait after cease-fire; sight of debris and bodies on road to Basra after Iraqi evacuation from Kuwait; difficulties of travelling in desert; visiting Kuwait city.
REEL 8 Continues: visiting Kuwait city; evidence of looting and destruction of city by Iraqis; entering deserted Iraqi fortifications; attitude of Kuwaiti people towards British troops; rumours of atrocities; question of resistance groups; burning oil wells; question of environmental damage from burning oil; attitude towards the Kuwaitis.
REEL 9 Continues: attitude towards Gulf War; attitude towards accidental bombing of civilians; duties debriefing British ex-patriots at embassy in Kuwait; information on living conditions for civilians in Kuwait during Iraqi occupation; media reports of war; attitude towards service in Gulf.
REEL 10 Continues: question of rank; treatment of women in army; opinion of Commanding Officer; army 'culture'; attitude towards Americans; contrast between civilian and army life; attitude towards leaving the Gulf; reception on returning to Britain; reaction to returning to Britain.
REEL 11 Continues: illness and treatment; difficulties adjusting to civilian life; attitude towards returning home to family; attitude towards Gulf War; question of treatment of women in the army.