British civilian served with Diplomatic Service in Amman, Jordan, 1956-1959
REEL 1 Recollections of period with Diplomatic Service in Amman, Jordan, 1956-1959: character and influence of Charles Johnston; Charles Johnston's fait in future of Jordan; official view on Jordan in London; posting to Jordan, 1956; initial impressions of Middle East; sense of tension in Middle East during Suez Crisis, 1956; lack of tension in Amman; effects of Anglo-Jordanian Treaty; reaction of British ex-patriots to request to leave; need to remove Anglo-Jordanian Treaty; reaction to Israeli raids; impact of Egyptian propaganda; lack of awareness of Egyptian and Syrian infiltration into Jordan; radical nationalist view of Anglo-Jordanian Treaty; Charles Johnston's opinion of radical nationalists; relations between Ali Abu Nowar and King Hussein.
REEL 2 Continues: difficulty in establishing facts during Zevara incident, 4/1957; contracting polio; conspicuous economic American aid including arrival of military equipment; question of temporary infatuation of Jordanians with US; lack of awareness of British and American plans for intervention; attitude of Palestinians to tension between Jordan, Egypt and Syria; character of United Arab Republic and Arab Union; reaction to coup in Iraq, 1958; visit to Baghdad; reaction in Jordan to Iraqi coup, 1958; false report of Syrian aircraft over Amman; US air force over-flight of Amman; arrival of British forces; political role of Charles Johnston during intervention in 1958; question of intervention propping up King Hussein's regime; interrupted airlift; question of low profile role of British troops in intervention.
REEL 3 Continues: success of deployment of British Force Jordan; Arab resolution in United Nations; Charles Johnston's relations with American diplomats; personal relations with Americans; question of Americans being prepared to accept Nasser's domination of Middle East; attempt to write joint assessment with US on Jordan; role of United Nations after Arab resolution; memories of Samir Rifai and Queen Zein; attitude to having served in Jordan.
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.