British officer served with 1st Bn Rifle Bde in Kenya, 1/1956-3/1956 and Malaya, 3/1956-11/1957; served as staff officer with Ministry of Defence in London, GB, 1969-1970; served with 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, 1971-1972; commanded 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, 1977-1978
REEL 1 Aspects of enlistment and training with Rifle Bde in GB, 1953-1956: father's military service during Second World War; enlistment, 1953; officer cadet training at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Aspects of operations as officer with 1st Bn Rifle Bde in Kenya, 1/1956-3/1956: training prior to joining battalion; taking command of platoon; removal of NCO from platoon after operation; importance of intelligence gathering; degree of understanding of situation in Kenya. Recollections of operations as officer with 1st Bn Rifle Bde in Malaya, 3/1956-11/1957: move to Malaya with advanced party; situation in Malaya, 1956; preparations for ambush in rubber plantation; deploying ambush in rubber plantation and opening fire on insurgent.
REEL 2 Continues: firing at and missing insurgent; reaction to initial failure then of later killing of insurgent; continuous training; opinion of Special Branch of Federation of Malaya Police; opinion of leadership in unit; attitude of national servicemen; incident of stealing in platoon; effect on morale of operating in rain; sense of humour amongst British troops; informality of officers and changes in army; reasons for success in Malaya; leaving Malaya, 11/1957. Aspects of period as officer with 1st Bn Rifle Bde in GB, Germany and Cyprus, 1958-1966: posting to Germany; conditions in Cyprus; joining 2nd Bn Royal Green Jackets, 1966.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of period as staff officer with Ministry of Defence in London, GB, 1969-1970: duties as military assistant to Chief of General Staff; opinion of Field Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker; opinion of committing troops to Northern Ireland. Recollections of operations as officer with 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, 1971: lack of equipment, 8/1971; change in situation in Northern Ireland; taking over from 1st Bn Royal Green Jackets; areas of company responsibility; degree of intelligence available; effect of stone throwing during operation on Falls Road, Belfast; method of patrolling streets.
REEL 4 Continues: rules for returning fire; reasons for adopting unofficial rule for opening fire; opinion of counter-insurgency operations; operational routine; night patrols to locate members of rish Republican Army (IRA); method used by civilians to warn of presence of army; importance of sense of humour; dealing with Roman Catholic priests; attempts to form relations with local civilians; attitude towards service in Northern Ireland; accommodation; question of psychological effects of service in Northern Ireland; opinion of media reaction to incidents.
REEL 5 Continues: question of serving officers giving media interviews; opinion of usefulness of media. Recollections of operations as officer with 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, 1972: lessons learnt from first tour; gathering of local intelligence; importance of observation; role of company commanders; use of informant; locating explosives and gathering intelligence; method of gaining intelligence from interrogations; Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambush; question of unit casualties during tour; success of first and second tours. Aspects of operations as commanding officer of 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, 1977-1978: change in situation; opinion of Royal Ulster Constabulary and Ulster Defence Regt.
REEL 6 Continues: operation to capture Irish Republican Army (IRA) members and ensuing propaganda battle; comparison between tours; attitude towards service in Northern Ireland; attitude towards Irish Republican Army (IRA); purchase of dartboard for club after bombing; importance of intuitive sense.