British officer served with Gurkha Rifles in Saigon following the Japanese departure in 1945; served in Malaya during the emergency from 1948 and commanded 1st Malaysia Rangers in Borneo during the Indonesian confrontation, 1963.
REEL 1: Background in GB: family; education. Period of training with British and Indian Armies, 1940s: reasons for joining army, 1940: parachuting accident; posting to India and joining Gurkha Rifles; opinion of Gurkha Rifles; training; opinion of General Montgomery; opinion of relations between officers and men; leadership course. Recollections of period with Gurkha Rifles in Saigon, 1945: incident of being ambushed; adapting to conditions; attitude of the French; operation to clear area.
REEL 2 Continues: opinion of French taking over control. Aspects of period with Gurkha Rifles in Dutch East Indies, 1946: negotiation with indigenous troops; comparison between British, Dutch and French colonial powers. Period with Gurkha Rifles in India, 1947: return to India; character of training; aspects of Partition; casualties; farewell dinner. Recollections of operations with 2/7th and 1/6th Gurkha Rifles from 1948: living conditions; opinion of gunner officer assigned to Gurkha Rifles; transfer to 1/6th Gurkha Rifles; nature of operation against insurgents; question of inadequate equipment; opinion of the planters; using planters' information and experience.
REEL 3 Continues: opinion of the success of information gathering; insurgent ambush on rice lorries; operation to catch insurgents; aspects of follow up operation. Aspects of an operation with 1/6th Gurkha Rifles on Malayan-Thailand border: lack of contact with insurgents; opinion of the jungle; importance of always being aware.
REEL 4 Continues: Aspects of jungle warfare: difficulty in controlling situation; importance of training; importance of debriefing; noise; importance of information; opinion of insurgents use of squatters; opinion of the Briggs Plan for resettlement; opinion of insurgents; treatment of insurgent prisoners; opinion of General Templer; opinion of success of British regiments in Malaya; opinion of training; opinion of war; opinion of career in army; question of boredom.
REEL 5 Continues: Aspects of period raising and training a battalion of the Malaysian army, 1962: recruitment; training; opinion of Ibans, Sarawak people. recollections of operations commanding Malaysian army battalion in Borneo from 1963: opinion of General Walter Walker; operating conditions; opinion of the insurgents; gathering information; acting upon information; opinion of lessons learned from Malaya; opinion of Indonesian army; opinion of civilian co-operation; opinion of American involvement in Vietnam; involvement with local soldiers; opinion of the media; opinion of leadership and vision.
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.