British NCO served with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1937-1948
REEL 1 Background in Rhondda, Wales,1915-1936: family; education; employment; applying to enlist in Palestine Police, end 1936. Recollections of period as policeman with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1937-1938: training at Mount Scopus; first posting to Haifa, 1937; character of the in-lying picket at Haifa; shooting of Jewish policeman in Haifa Souk, 1937; effects of bombings in Melon Market in Haifa, 1938; ambush during arms search of Tamra village, 1938. Recollections of period as NCO with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1938-1948: promotion to sergeant, 1938; posting to Gaza, 1939; conditions on board ships carrying illegal Jewish immigrants at Gaza; transfer to Beersheeba; lack of effect of outbreak of Second World War, 9/1939; leave camp at Famagusta in Cyprus, 1940.
REEL 2 Continues: effect of Italian entry into war on leave camp at Famagusta; return to Palestine; searching wadis near Ramallah, 1941; striking force patrols in Bethlehem area; British Army deserters who sold arms to Jewish insurgents, 1942; attitude to service in Jerusalem, 1944; removal of Jewish detainees to camp at Asmara, Egypt; posting to Hebron, 1945 and then Ramallah, 1946; aftermath of killing of Jews by Arabs in village near Ramallah, 1947.
REEL 3 Continues: fraternising with Arabs in Hebron; performance of Jews and Arabs in Palestine Police; reasons why he did not volunteer for service in Malaya and Kenya, 1948; opinion of role of Palestine Police; reasons for entering Jerusalem Souk unarmed; attending Arab mayor's feast for King Abdullah in Hebron.
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