British policeman served with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1939-1946
REEL 1 Background in Crickhowell, 1916-1939: family; education; employment. Recollections of period with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1939-1946: background to applying for police, 12/1939; journey to from GB to Palestine via Port Said, 2/1940; lack of knowledge of country; training at Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, 1940; initial impressions of country; learning of Palestinian nationalism; reasons for choosing Acre sub-division of Galilee c5/1940; posting to fort at Basatoo on frontier with Lebanon, summer 1940; duties controlling smuggling and illegal migration on Palestine-Lebanon border; use of Bedouin tracker, 1940-1941; aid given to David Stirling in preparing Allied attack on Vichy French in Lebanon, 1941; increasing Arab-Jewish tensions, c1942.
REEL 2 Continues: attitude of Jewish civilians to Stern Gang; background to Geoff Morton's shooting of Abraham Stern; method employed in getting Palmach members' fingerprints; curfew in Tel Aviv, 1946; penetrating disguise of Yitzhak Shamir; arresting Yitzhak Shamir and resulting transfer to Jerusalem 1946; unsuccessful insurgent attempt to blow him up, 1946; how he was advised to leave Palestine, 11/1946; assassination by Irgun of Sergeant Martin, 1946; assassination of Inspector Bill Bruce by Irgun, 1946; background to Black Sabbath Gang; pilfering from British Army camps at Acre, 1939-1945; story of how Arabs successfully diverted him from raid on Druse house containing arms c1943.
REEL 3 Continues: story of confirming post-war that Druse ferrying stolen British arms to Jewish insurgents; training Haganah members received training from British Army; memories of David Stirling, 1941; how Inspector Trutturin was blown up in northern Palestine, 1946; reaction to return to GB, winter 1946-1947; reasons for settling in Birmingham instead of continuing with colonial policing.
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