British officer served with 1st Bn Suffolk Regt in Malaya, 1951-1953; served with 3 Bn Parachute Regt at Suez, Egypt, 1956; served with 1st Bn Suffolk Regt in Cyprus 1957-1959
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1930-1945: family; education; V1s which fell in Cobham area, 1944-1945. Recollections of operations with 2 Platoon, A Coy, 1st Bn Suffolk Regt, Malaya, 1951-1953: arrival Bukit Darah as subaltern; high morale of unit; geographical rotation of companies; killing insurgent near Jendaram; incident of killing three insurgents near their camp including Lo Pin, near Sungei Mangis, early 1952; successful liaison with police; organisation of intelligence work in battalion; use of Iban trackers and Chinese interpreters; question of attitude of Malayan civilians to insurgents; setting night ambushes; battalion leave arrangements; kindness shown to troops by planters; lack of discipline problems among troops.
REEL 2 Continues: instances of offensive action by insurgents; differences in terrain between Bukit Darah and Sungei Mangis areas; success of food denial campaign; amount of food taken into jungle; reasons for success of unit. Period with 3rd Bn Parachute Regt, Suez, 11/1956: drop on El Gamel airfield; reaction to calling off of Suez operation; causalities during landing. Period with 1st Bn Suffolk Regt, Cyprus, 1957-1959: patrols in Nicosia; low level of battalion casualties; role of unit
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