Israeli NCO served with Anti-Aircraft Artillery, Israeli Defence Forces during Six Day War, 1967 and during War of Attrition in Egypt, 1967-1969
REEL 1 Background in Haifa, Israel, 1948-1966: family circumstances; question of Jewish consciousness; political activities; sense of security; relations with Arabs; visits aboard; sense of threat from Arab countries; identification of patriotism and Labour Party. Recollections of conscription into Israeli Defence Forces in Israel, 1966-1967: attitude towards conscription; national composition of Israeli forces; character of Druses in Israeli Army; call-up and initial training.
REEL 2 Continues: allocation of conscripts to different sections of army; reputation of Golani Bde; effect of initial training on recruits; female recruits and exemptions from conscription; function of army rabbis; motivation of troops; character of uniforms; transfer to Anti-Aircraft School, 1967.
REEL 3 Continues: character of anti-aircraft system he operated; degree of confidence in system. Recollections of operations with Anti-Aircraft Artillery during Six Day War in Israel and Egypt 1967: rising tension before war; move to Neger Desert for gun commander's course, 5/1967; atmosphere in army on outbreak of war; accidental shooting down of Israeli Air Force jet; shooting down of Iraqi aircraft; move into Sinai Desert; dealing with Egyptian POWs in Sinai Desert; sight of Egyptian equipment in Sinai Desert.
REEL 4 Continues: confiscation of Egyptian equipment; character of Egyptian recovery; Egyptian MiG aircraft attack on unit in Suez Canal Zone; reaction to size of victory; change in attitude towards Egyptians as result of war; sight of civilians in Sinai; attitude in Israeli Army to prospects of captured personnel. Aspects of operations with Anti-Aircraft Artillery, Israeli Defence Forces in Sinai Desert and Golan Heights during War of Attrition, 1969: transformation of Sinai after 1967; handling Egyptian air counter-attack, 7/1969; further Egyptian air attacks, summer 1969.
REEL 5 Continues: problems of hitting aircraft at high speed; problems with dust; active deployment on Golan Heights, 1968. Return to Israeli Army for two months for completion of duty, 1977. Effects of army service. Assessment of positive and negative points of Israeli Army.
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.