British officer served with No 1 Operational Research Station in North Africa and Italy, 1943-1944; served with No 2 Operational Research Station in GB and North West Europe, 1944-1945; served as scientific adviser to GOC, Far Eastern Land Forces in Malaya, 1953-1955 and to GOC, Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland, 1970-1972
REEL 1 Recollections of period as Scientific Adviser to GOC, Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland, 1970-1972: his crowd control suggestions and negative Government responses; scare over possible use of beer kegs as IRA bombs; keeping abreast of research developments; proposal to use vehicle fenders against crowds; use of rubber bullets; idea of using stun gun; question of size of rubber bullets; discussions with bomb disposal officer George Styles; development of robot for bomb disposal work; degree of personal danger; reception of his proposal to use 'Riotrol' to counter illegal demonstrations, 1/1972; sense of frustration in work; attitude of Government to his proposals.
REEL 2 Continues: Recollections of period as Scientific Adviser to GOC, Far Eastern Land Forces in Malaya, 1953- 1956: appointment to role; impressions of General Gerald Templer; reasons for receiving honourary rank of Colonel; his analysis of reports to discover the ideal size of jungle patrol; his analysis of reports on interrogation of Surrendered Enemy Personnel; usefulness of Surrendered Enemy Personnel; unrealistic proposal for free fire strip along Thai border; failure of experiment for artificial forest fire scheme on Langkawi Island; statistical analysis of British casualties and number of Surrendered Enemy Personnel to predict situation in 1956.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of period as civilian working with Operational Research in GB, 1941-1943: volunteering for war work, 1941; training in locating radar faults; problems trying to use radar in Hyde Park; move to site at Stoke d'Abernon, 1942; work with airborne forces on Salisbury Plain; work with Rebecca Eureka system. Recollections of period as officer working with No 1 Operational Research Station in North Africa and Italy, 1943-1944: posting to North Africa; attempt to create bonfire to guide US Air Force on airborne drops.
REEL 4 Continues: flight to GB to investigate obtaining radio sets for airborne drops, autumn 1943; work with airborne troops and how much they can carry. Recollections of period as officer with No 2 Operational Research Section in GB and North West Europe, 1944-1945: return to GB, 1944; task he was given for bringing down telegraph wires in Normandy; research into effectiveness of Hawker Typhoons in destruction of tanks by rockets; question of accuracy of rockets against German tanks; research work into optimum use of artillery bombardments in France, 1944; work on problems of predicted artillery fire; research on artillery fire in Schelde Estuary; work in Ardennes, 12/1944.
REEL 5 Continues: suspicion of US Army about fifth columnists in Ardennes, 12/1944; study of plan to destroy anti-aircraft fire during the Rhine landings, 3/1945.