British NCO served with 1st Parachute Regt in Canal Zone, Egypt, 1951-1954, Cyprus, 1955-1958, Suez, Egypt, 1956 and in Aden, 1967; served with 2nd Parachute Regt during Anguilla intervention, 1968; officer served with 3rd and 2nd Bns Parachute Regt in Northern Ireland, 1973-1975
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Parachute Regt in the Canal Zone of Egypt, 1951-1954: character of friction between Egyptians and troops; placing those apprehended into hands of Egyptian Police; size and character of demonstrations against British presence; method of dealing with demonstrations. Aspects of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Parachute Regt in Cyprus, 1955-1956: use of Cyprus for training; role searching for EOKA insurgents; method of searching for hidden weapon caches. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Parachute Regt during Suez invasion, 1956: effect of shortage of equipment; problem of presence of US Navy; digging in at Port Said and calling in air strikes; commandeering transport; orders to let disguised Egyptian soldiers; withdrawal to HMS Hermes and ditching of ammunition; lack of preparations for operation. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Parachute Regt in Cyprus, 1956-1958: dissatisfaction of reservists after Suez operation; number of troops involved in operations.
REEL 2 Continues: accidental shooting of troops in ambush by 3rd Bn Parachute Regt; return to GB; assessment of success of unit. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1st Bn Parachute Regt in Aden, 1967: degree to which local armed forces could be trusted; under mortar and machine gun fire near Bayomi College; observation post in leper colony; contracting sandfly fever; anti- tank missile fired at unit position; escape of two Aden Levy officers who had fired at unit; success of covering operation. Aspects of operations as NCO with 2nd Parachute Regt during intervention in Anguilla, 1968: plan to use unit on island; use of Antigua as base; flight to Anguilla; question of need to send British troops; bill sent to unit for supplies; relations with local inhabitants. Recollections of operations as officer with 3rd and 2nd Bns Parachute Regt in Northern Ireland, 1973-1975: commissioning and posting to Northern Ireland.
REEL 3 Continues: operating in Ardoyne area, Belfast; reasons for conducting census; use of empty houses as observation posts; opening fire on IRA men; intelligence gathering work in Catholic clubs; how he obtained his nickname; degree of danger in working in Catholic clubs; sight of drilling of junior IRA; narrow escape of his bodyguard at Flax Street; shooting of IRA sniper with Armalite and problem of retrieving weapon; how sniper's accomplice got away; importance of using photographs; attachment to other units; armed attack on club in Shankill Road; capture of IRA suspects; request of Catholics for protection at bus stop near courthouse.
REEL 4 Continues: narrow escape from IRA assassination squad; motivation of armed gangs; units he served as intelligence adviser to.