British schoolchild in Bedford, GB, 1939-1945; marine served with X Troop, 42 Commando, Royal Marines in Hong Kong and Malaya, 1949-1952
REEL 1 Recollections of childhood in Bedford, 1939-1945: family and education; German air raids on Bedford; question of lightness of raids in view of concentration of forces in area; contact with US troops in area; damage to home from German land- mine, 1943. Period of training with Royal Marines, GB, 1947-1948: application to join, 4/1947; basic training, Deal, 1948; need for immediate response to orders; field craft training in south Devon; Commando School, Bickleigh. Posting to 42 Royal Marine Commando, 1949. Period with 42 Commando, Hong Kong, 1949-1950: arrival in Hong Kong; reasons for unit's presence; role of unit in forming cordon in streets during bus strike, 1949; reasons for Hong Kong being a popular posting; relations with civilians.
REEL 2 Continues: training in riot control techniques. Recollections of period with X Troop 42 Commando, Malaya 1950-1952: move to Penang; jungle training including use of machete, Penang; basing of 42 Commando in tented camp, Ipoh, Perak; X Troop's move to Sungei Siput; period as commanding officer's bodyguard; opinion of Sergeant Lofthouse; failure of first contact with insurgents; use of RAF supply drops to jungle patrols; danger of 'friendly fire' incidents; attitude to fourteen day patrols; question of lack of success of unit's operations; lack of briefings about politics behind Emergency; view of insurgents near limestone caves.
REEL 3 Continues: third abortive contact with insurgents in which contents of camp captured and destroyed; leech menace on patrol; encounters with animals in jungle; ease of sleeping in jungle; range of patrol from Sungei Siput; incident of grenade being thrown at commandos in Wok Loh cinema, Sungei Siput; search of area after Malayan Police attacked; attitude towards forcible re-settlement of Chinese smallholders in Briggs Plan; attitude towards living and working in Malaya.