British civilian member of 4th Bn Royal Sussex Regt, Home Guard in GB, 1941-1943; private served with Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Parachute Regt in GB, 1943-1946; served with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt in Palestine, 1946-1947; NCO served with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt in GB, Germany, Suez Canal Zone, Cyprus, at Suez , Jordan, Bahrein and British Guiana, 1947-1963
REEL 1 Background in Brockley and Storrington, 1925-1941: family; education. Aspects of period as member of 4th Bn, Royal Sussex Regt, Home Guard, 1941-1943: membership of Home Guard at Storrington; training with Canadian Army on South Downs; opinion of television programme 'Dad's Army'; leadership of unit. Aspects of period as private with Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Parachute Regt in GB, 1943-1946: call-up to unit, 4/1943; duties clearing beaches of anti-invasion defences, 1943-1944; reasons for transfer from unit to infantry, 4/1945; background to volunteering for Parachute Regt; parachute training until, 10/1945. Recollections of operations as private with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt in Palestine, 1946-1947: joining unit in Palestine, early 1946; searches in Tel Aviv area including discovery of hidden magazines; opinion of role of unit in comparison with regular infantry; methods employed by Jewish insurgent groups against unit.
REEL 2 Continues: exercise in Khartoum; return to GB, 1947. Aspects of period as NCO with 3rd Parachute Regt in GB, Germany and Cyprus 1947-1951: reasons for enlistment after demobilisation; garrison duties in Hamburg area, 1948; popularity of posting to British Army of the Rhine; relations with German civilians; question of Russians spying on parachute training in Germany; garrison duties in Swindon and Aldershot, 1950; reasons why he didn't go to Korea; move to Cyprus, 1951. Aspects of period as NCO with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt in Suez Canal Zone, 1951-1954: vandalism of telephone wires; Egyptian Police disturbance at Moascar, 1952; confrontation with Egyptian division, 1951-1952; return to GB, 1954.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of operations as NCO with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt in Cyprus, 1955-1956: internal security duties; success in driving EOKA presence out of Nicosia and Famagusta; George Grivas' narrow escape from capture; rank held; removal of Parachute Bde from Cyprus to GB for parachute training, autumn 1956. Aspects of operations during Suez operation, 11/1956: unit jump into El Gamil airfield; evacuation of wounded by French aircraft; capture of Port Said; reaction to halting of operation; attempt to take captured armoured vehicle to GB; Egyptian resistance; his ammunition supply role. Aspects of operations as NCO with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt in Jordan, 1958: dropping into Amman, 1958; Hawker Hunter squadron based on Amman airfield; damage to Hussein's family getaway aircraft. Memories of relieving 2nd Bn Parachute Regt in Bahrein, 1961-1962.
REEL 4 Continues: Memories of service in British Guiana, 1963.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.