British officer served as Commodore, Amphibious Warfare with Task Force during Falklands War, 1982
REEL 1 Aspects of period as Commodore Amphibious Warfare in GB prior to 1982: projected amphibious operations in support of NATO; Admiral Cox's attitude towards amphibious warfare; NATO contingency plans for projected landing operations in Norway; question of fifth column existing in northern Norway. Recollections of operations as Commodore, Amphibious Warfare with Task Force during Falklands War, 1982: hearing of Argentinean invasion, 4/1982; placing staff on operational footing; attempts to get Bofors guns fitted on Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels; mine clearance work in South Atlantic; securing damage control trainers; landing with Brigadier Julian Thompson on board HMS Fearless; definition of role and duties.
REEL 2 Continues: approach taken to dealing with staff relations; degree of co-operation between naval and 3rd Commando Bde staffs; staff meeting on board HMS Fearless; liaising between naval and military staffs; problems of using helicopters; decision to use San Carlos Water as landing point; ship deployment in San Carlos Water; character of landings at San Carlos Water; opinion of success of landings; reaction to attacks on Goose Green; opinion of treatment of Brigadier Julian Thompson by Royal Navy.
REEL 3 Continues: memories of General Jeremy Moore; opinion of tactics employed by Argentinean Air Force; air activity over San Carlos; dealing with strain of campaign; opening of operations at Bluff Cove; reasons for loss of Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, Sir Galahad and Sir Tristran at Bluff Cove; his careful nurturing of LSLs; nature of weather and sea temperatures; question of British naval ship design.
REEL 4 Continues: attitude towards Argentineans; question of sources of spiritual comfort; opinion of Argentinean Air Force tactics; question of Argentinean submarine presence; method of working with staff during campaign; decision to continue operating HMS Antrim after hits; opinion of Merchant Navy masters; naval officer's fear of mining at San Carlos Water; security scare of date of landings; return to GB.