British officer served with 156th Bn Parachute Regt in Italy and Arnhem, Netherlands, 1943-1944; evaded capture in Netherlands, 1944; served with IS9, MI9 in Netherlands, 1944-1945; served with Field Security in Germany, 1945-1946
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as officer with Mortar Platoon, Support Coy, 156th Bn Parachute Regt in Italy, 1943: background to joining unit after service with Indian Army; landing at Taranto, 9/1943; success of mortar action against German paratroopers near Taranto, 9/1943. Recollections of operations commanding Mortar Platoon, Support Coy, 156th Bn Parachute Regt at Arnhem, Netherlands, 9/1944: frustration of cancellation of operations; problems dropping mortar bipods by parachute and consequent reduction in unit firepower; problems of communication in Arnhem area; decision to withdraw into perimeter at Oosterbeek; walking into German positions during attempt to withdraw into Oosterbeek perimeter. Aspects of period evading capture in Netherlands, 1944: aid given to him and Tom Wainwright by Dutch civilians.
REEL 2 Continues: aid from Dutch civilian Edith Nijhof; plan for evaders to join Dutch Resistance; making contact Special Air Service officer 'Fabian'; orders to him to organise escape line to south; reaction to discovery of Dutch woman's visitors' book; making contact with MI9 agents operating in River Waal area; crossing River Waal and making contact with Airey Neave and Hugh Fraser. Aspects of period as officer with IS9, MI9 in Netherlands, 1944-1945: secondment to IS9, operational part of MI9, 11/1944; lack of success of his operations; amphibious equipment available for his work; methods of communicating with agents in German occupied territory.
REEL 3 Continues: meagre results in his sector; story of how Brigadier John Hackett out of Netherlands; work with IS9 searching POW camps for collaborators. Aspects of period as officer with Field Security in Germany, 1945-1946: duties; capture of German commandant of concentration camp; discovery that V2 rocket propellant had been drunk by forced labourers; methods of discovering Nazis; denouncement of Nazis by civilians; use of records kept by Germans; attitude to work.
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.