British officer served with 1st Bn Royal Fusiliers at Port Said, Egypt, 11/1956; commanded 8th Infantry Bde in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1975-1977
REEL 1 Recollections of operations with 1st Bn Royal Fusiliers at Port Said during Suez Crisis, 11/1956: role as regimental signals officer; wait whilst diplomacy took its course, summer- autumn 1956; calling off of operation and return to Dover late 10/1956; embarkation aboard New Australia, 10/1956; atmosphere in Southampton; appearance of destroyer escort in Mediterranean; hearing of assault landings at Port Said, 11/1956; rumour that US 6th Fleet would intervene in operation; lack of orders; tying up of New Australia at quayside; march through Port Said town; taking up positions; results of Fleet Air Arm attacks; looting of wrecked barracks and acquiring unit transport; capture of Egyptian snipers; fate of British officer captured by Egyptians; lack of looting of personal possessions by British troops.
REEL 2 Continues: move of unit to El Cap; calling of halt to operation and arrival of United Nations forces; attitude to calling off of operation; civilian demonstrations against operation on railway stations in GB; occupation of Dover barracks by Hungarian refugees, late 1956. Recollections of operations commanding 8th Infantry Bde in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1975-1977: previous visits to province, early 1970s; ending of IRA cease-fire as he took command; attitude to commanding brigade in Londonderry; forces and area under his command; primacy of army over police, 1975; opportunity for IRA ambushes on army patrols; gathering of intelligence from house searches; suppression of regular riots; question of riots as means to draw troops into killing zones; description of 'tin fort' at Creggan; size of IRA in city; contact with local politicians.
REEL 3 Continues: searches of private homes; penetration by IRA of Royal Ulster Constabulary in area; number of deaths in his brigade; incident of shooting in Shipquay Street by gunmen hiding behind shoppers; IRA use of incendiary cassette; VIP visits; bombs exploded in brigade area; lack of effectiveness of Protestant terrorists; guarding McGilligan Prison; defusing of bomb under military community centre dance at 11:55pm, 31/12/1975; opinion of bomb disposal personnel; use of Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers in infantry role; security problem of annual Apprentice Boys march; knowledge of IRA leaders and organisation; 'lifting' of IRA members; capture of youth shadowing Royal Ulster Constabulary patrol with firearm; role of minor Republican groups; opinion of role of Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch; role of army 'source handlers'.
REEL 4 Continues: his personal narrow escapes.
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