British NCO served with 1st Bn Duke of Wellington's Regt, 29th British Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1952-1953
REEL 1 Aspects of background in Derbyshire, GB, 1929-1947: family circumstances; education; lack of impact of Second World War. Aspects of period as private and NCO with Duke of Wellington's Regt in GB and Germany, 1947-1951: basic training at Elgin, 1947; instructional work at Sandhurst, 1949-1951; character of unit; move to Germany, 1951; need for reinforcements for move to Korea; reaction to being made signals sergeant; story of finding out that he was not on advance party to Korea. Aspects of voyage from GB to Korea aboard HMT Devonshire, 1952: training of voice procedure on radio. Recollections of operations as NCO with Signals Platoon, 1st Bn Duke of Wellington's Regt, 29th British Infantry Bde, 1st Commonweatlh Div in Korea, 1952-1953: reception at Pusan; issue of winter clothing; preparations for move into front-line; relieving 1st Bn Welch Regt at Yong Dong; character of front at Yong Dong; aversion of signallers to repairing telephone wires; types of radio sets used and problems encountered using them.
REEL 2 Continues: locating wireless aerials; obtaining communications equipment from American personnel; importance of Gloucestershire Regt NCO to signals line section; organisation of work of signallers; techniques for line-repair; method of acquiring replacement equipment and how this was circumvented; problems of locating charging engines; demand from unit officers for lighting; opinion of National Servicemen in signals platoon; reinforcements from 1st Bn Welch Regt; story of Lance Corporal Davies dealing with two Chinese in communications during the Battle of The Hook, 5/1953; opinion of work of Major John Mackay during the Battle of The Hook.
REEL 3 Continues: role of Royal Artillery, tanks and Royal Engineers during the Battle of The Hook, 5/1953; character of bunkers; running internal mail; size of signal platoon; contact with Korean civilians; trade in beer bottles; search for stolen goods in Korean village; leave in Japan; opinion of Chinese troops; Chinese propaganda including material hung on barbed wire; state of health; use of microphones; question of political aspect of war and personal motivation; opinion of Australian and Canadian troops; question of US force's methods and degree of professionalism.
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.