British officer served with 19th Lancers, Indian Army in India, 1947; served with 13th/18th Hussars in Libya, Malaya and, Hong Kong, 1948-1952; commanded Sir Gerald Templer's bodyguard in Malaya, 1952-1953; served as second in command of 13th/18th Hussars in Malaya, 1958-1959
REEL 1 Recollections of period with 19th Lancers during Partition of India, 1947: Pathan sniping at Hindu and Sikh members of regiment; attitude of Indian members of regiment to transfer of power; duties protecting civilians. Joining 13th/18th Hussars in GB, 11/1947. Period with 13th/18th Hussars in Barce, Libya, 1948-1950: role of unit; exercises in desert; attempt to block movement of Jews to Palestine at Marsa Brega, 1948; nature of Jewish-Muslim relations, 1948; economic role of British; arrival of King Idris al Senussi.
REEL 2 Continues: attitude of Libyans towards Italians; attitude of British troops to serving in Libya. Attitude of Egyptians to British presence, Egypt, 1950. Recollections of operations with B Squadron, 13th/18th Hussars in Malaya, 1950-1951: move to Malaya, summer 1950; problems of patrolling roads in Johore State; tactics employed by unit against insurgents; attacks on road patrols; capture of two insurgents; attitude towards insurgents; insurgent attacks on civilians.
REEL 3 Continues: move of unit to Singapore during Maria Hertog riots; method of dealing with riots and looters. Period in Hong Kong and Korea, 8/1951-3/1952: plans for unit to move from Hong Kong to Korea; his short period in Korea leaning to use Centurion tank; reasons for cancellation of plans to send unit to Korea. Recollections of period in charge of Sir Gerald Templer's bodyguard in Malaya, 1952-1953: role and duties; Templer's method of eliminating slackness.
REEL 4 Continues: examples of Templer's methods including imposition of twenty one hour a day curfew and inducing surrenders; degree of security problems Templer posed for him; reputation of 1st Bn Suffolk Regt for jungle warfare; incident when Templer became angry with Wright. Period as second in command of 13th/18th in Ipoh, Malaya, 1958.