British civilian with Friend's Ambulance Unit in GB and India, 1940-1946
REEL 1 Recollections of period with Friend's Ambulance Unit, GB & India, 1940-: reasons for joining FAU; selection for work in India, 1942-1946; work advising on civil defence, India; organising Indian women; position of women in Indian society; reaction of local population to air raids on Calcutta; political situation in India; relationship of Indian people and officials with FAU; cyclone in Bengal, 1943; difficulties of aid work in aftermath of cyclone; reasons for development of famine in Bengal; role of FAU during famine. REEL 2 Continues: impact of famine on Bengal; lack of assistance from foreign groups in area; influx of refugees into Calcutta; setting up industrial centres to help women; violent atmosphere in Bengal, 1946; reasons for lack of contact between FAU and Army; attitude towards dealing with Indian and British civil service personnel in India; reasons for leaving India in 1947; role of FAU in India 1942-1947; question of pacifism.
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.