British NCO served as wireless operator with Jedburgh Team 'Jeremy', Special Operations Executive in GB and France, 1943-1944; served with Team 'Mongoose White', Force 136, Special Operations Executive in Burma, 1944-1945
REEL 1 Background in Benenden, GB, 1923-1943: family; education; civil defence work. Recollections of period as wireless operator with Jedburgh Team Jeremy, Special Operations Executive in GB and Algeria, 1943-1944: volunteering from Royal Armoured Corps, mid 1943; training at Fawley Court, Dunbar, Milton Hall and RAF Ringway; formation of Jedburgh Team Jeremy.
REEL 2 Continues: final preparations in Algeria. Recollections of operations as wireless operator with Jedburgh Team Jeremy in France, 1944: details of mission to work with Resistance in Haute Loire, summer 1944; role and identity of Virginia Hall codenamed 'Hecler'; safe house given; tennsions between FFI and FTP in local area; equipment taken into France; abortive first attempt to parachute from Consolidated B 24 Liberator from Blida with equipment cannisters; successful drop with comrades; knee injury during parachute drop, 24/8/1944; team's movements on arrival; fist attempt to make contact with GB on arrival; situation in Le Puy area, 8/1944; presence of German Russian levies in Le Puy area; opinion of extent of French collaboration in Le Puy area.
REEL 3 Continues: treatment of French women accused of fraternising with Germans; relative strengths of FTP and FFI in area; German surrenders in area of poorly equipped auxiliary units; move from Le Puy to Vichy area, late 9/1944; problems with FTP in Vichy area; contact with OSS group in Dompierre, Vichy area, autumn, 1944; story Geoffrey Hallowes' visit to Vichy pissoir; abortive attempt to accompany Hallowes on mission in Italy. Recollections of operations as wireless operator with Team Mongoose White, Force 136, Special Operations Executive in Burma, 1944-1945: background to volunteering for Force 136 team to Burma; voyage to Far East aboard Batory winter 1944-1945; jungle training from Honer camp, Ceylon, early 1945; use of East African game waredens for jungle training; formation of Team Mongoose White under Milner' purpose of Operation Character to go into Karenni Hills, Burma; awaiting move into Burma at Jessore, Bengal.
REEL 4 Continues: moving into Karen Hills, 3/1945; joining up with Team Hyena under Colonel Howells on landing; reaction to Howell's method of operation; receiving one supply drop during time with Howells; heading off south to join Critchley and Trofimov; local role of Karen, Saw Morrisa; recruiting of local Karens; ranks of Karen volunteers; training of Karen levies; opinion of honesty of Karens; line firing exercises at Thawthykye; role to stop flight of Japanese from Pegu Yomas eastwards; villagers' use of crossbows against Japanese stragglers; techniques of attacking and ambushing Japanese.
REEL 5 Continues: effectiveness of work against Japanes; re-establishing radio link with base; contrast between expereinces in France and Burma; Karen attitude towards continuing British presence; contrast between experiences in France and Burma; dash with Japanese party and loss of radio contact, 4/1945; dropping in of new transmitter; being flown out of Burma for treatment of septic leg; return to Burma for second period of duty; interdiction of Japnese push out of Pegu Yomas; sending weather reports to RAF.
REEL 6 Continues: last minute arrival by Westland Lysander of new ammunition supplies to hold Jaonese off; co-ordination with RAF strafing attacks on Japnaese; construction of bamboo matting surface for Westland Lysander landings;problems getting Japanese to surrender, 8/1945; Critchley's reaction to lack of support from troops at Shwegyin after Japanese surrender; condiutions of Japnsed troops crossing Shwegyin River; Japanese method of interrogating own troops; end of work in Burma, 9/1945.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.