British civilian in Bath, GB during German Air Force raids, 1942; NCO served with 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry in Germany, 12/1951-10/1952; officer served with 8 Platoon, C Coy, 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Malaya, 12/1952-8/1953
REEL 1 Background in East Dulwich, London,1932-1939: family ;and education. Recollections of period as schoolboy in Bath, Somerset 1940-1945: Baedecker Raids, 1942; lack of trauma from raids; evacuees staying with family, victory celebrations 1945. Call up, 9/1951. Period of basic training, Borden Camp, Hants, 9/1951-12/1951: characters amongst NCOs; opinion of benefits of basic training. Recollections of period with 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry, British Army of the Rhine, Munster, Germany, 1951-1952: posting to Munster, 12/1951; accommodation in Munster compared to Taunton Barracks; training 1951-1952; relations with German civilians.
REEL 2 Continues: loss of army coal to German pilferers. Commissioning GB, 10/1952. Voyage to Malaya aboard Dilwara, 11/1952: exercise in Aden. Recollection of operations with 8 Platoon, C Coy 1st SLI, Malaya, 12/1952-8/1953: jungle training, Kota Tinggi including fatal shooting incident, opinion of training and demonstration of air power in which aircraft crashed; character of jungle operations; abortive three day ambush on insurgent's food pick up point; question of troops adaptability to alien conditions; support of police 'swoops' on Jencharam a 'new village' incident of loss of Sergeant Beaumont in clash with insurgents and Hanna's role of retrieving body and two dead insurgents.
REEL 3 Continues: operations against insurgent camps, and food sources; property discovered in insurgent camps; relations with loggers and tappers; opinion of Suffolk Regt who preceded SLI; plight of planters in area; level of intelligence about individual insurgents; physical state of SLI troops; road accident between car and army lorry; Iban tracker who poisoned himself with frog he cooked; near accident with Malay policeman armed with grenade; attitude to insurgents and sense of importance of campaign; question of why he never thought insurgents could succeed; regret of leaving Malaya, 8/1953.