British officer commanded B Coy, 1st Bn Green Jackets in Brunei, 1962-1963; commanded 2nd Bn Royal Green Jackets and 8 Bde in Northern Ireland, 1971-1974; served as British Commandant with Headquarters of British Army in Berlin, Germany, 1980-1983
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as company commander of B Coy, 1st Bn Green Jackets in Brunei, 1962-1963: urgent call to leave Malaya to Brunei, 12/1962; embarking for Brunei; character of landing at Miri, Sarawak; plan to recapture Bekanu from insurgents; difficulties of terrain in approach to Bekanu; outcome of engagement with insurgents in Bekanu, 13/12/1962; unit morale after engagement; problems of rounding up insurgents in Murudi area, early 1963.
REEL 2 Continues: arrival in Murudi; patrolling Indonesian border; appearances of insurgents; grievances of insurgents. Recollections of operations as commanding officer of 2nd Bn Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, 1971: background of move to Londonderry, 4/1971; change in agitation by 1971; unit casualties including loss of company commander; dilemma about whether to use of batons or guns; attitude to introduction of internment, 8/1971; erection of barricades in Bogside and Creggan, 8/1971; his strategy for clearing barricades from Bogside; method used by Royal Engineers to clear barricades; attack on unit by IRA from Creggan; casualties inflicted on IRA' emergence of civilians from Bogside after fire fight.
REEL 3 Continues: arrival of General Robert Ford to review progress of Operation Huntsman; problems with Royal Engineer bulldozers; sitdown protest by women organised by John Hume; removal of women from barricades; his argument with brigadier about withdrawal from Bogside; reasons for unit's success against IRA gunmen during Operation Huntsman. Recollections of operations as commanding officer of 8 Bde in Northern Ireland, 1972-1974: story of revealing his own religious beliefs to hostile priest in Bogside; second occasion he revealed his Roman Catholic beliefs to Republicans; reaction to returning to Northern Ireland, 1972; role and duties as brigadier; contrast between situation in Northern Ireland in 1971 and 1972; narrow escape from parcel bomb in Londonderry.
REEL 4 Continues: shooting attempt on his staff car. Recollections of period as British Commandant with British Army in Berlin, 1980- 1983: his duties as British Commandant; reasons why Berlin was not regarded as forlorn hope should Russian attack; his concern at aspects of imprisonment of Rudolf Hess including disposal of his body; compassion he showed to Rudolf Hess on taking leave of him, 1983; Rudolf Hess's interests and censorship of his reading material and media.
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