Canadian officer commanded B Coy, 1st Bn Suffolk Regt in Malaya, 1950-1952
REEL 1 Background in Vancouver, Canada and GB, 1920-1939: family and education. Reasons for joining army, 1939. Period as cadet, Royal Military College, Sandhurst. 1939. Aspects of army career, 1940-1950. Recollections of operations with 1st Bn Suffolk Regt, Malaya, 1950-1952: posting to unit after service with Royal West African Frontier Force in Second World War; initial role as administrative officer, Kajang, Selangor, spring 1950; role as company commander of B Coy; composition of Suffolk Regt; first patrol into jungle in which two insurgents killed and identification of the bodies; strength of patrols; use of Surrendered Enemy Personnel to search for insurgent camps; tracking in jungle.
REEL 2 Continues: laying ambushes; a successful ambush; strength and organisation of insurgents; insurgent offensive action including firing of round into camp cinema screen; competition for success between different Suffolk companies; nicknames given to platoons in C Coy; role as adjutant; level of discipline in battalion; two fatal casualties suffered by A Coy; jungle training; attitude of soldiers to going into jungle on operations; level of casualties among Suffolks; physical health of troops; lack of desertions.
REEL 3 Continues: weapons used by British troops and insurgents; attitude towards insurgents; opinion of Lu Kong Kim, commander of Number 2 Company, 'the Kajang Gang'; lack of success of large scale operations; killing of Liew Kon Kim on Suffolk operations, 1952; attitudes of Malayan civilians towards communist insurgency; VIPs who visited; equipment and documents found in insurgent camps; visit paid to Fiji to advise on training of Fijians for operations in Malaya, 1953.
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