British officer served with 1st Bn Welsh Guards in Northern Ireland, 1971-1974 and attached to Sultan's Armed Forces in Oman, 1974-1976
REEL 1 Enlistment and training with British Army, 1970: reasons for enlistment; basic training at Mons Barracks; reasons for joining Welsh Guards rather than Irish Guards; commissioning into Welsh Guards, 1970. Recollections of operations as officer with 1st Bn Welsh Guards in Northern Ireland, 1971-1974: problem of using soldiers in police role, early 1970s including effects of casualties; lack of sense of danger; problems of operating in South Armagh; instances of incompetence of IRA men in Belfast. Recollections of operations as officer attached to Sultan's Armed Forces in Oman, 1974-1976: volunteering for service in Oman; studying Arabic; conditions of service of loans service officers in Oman; joining Desert Regiment at Zikki; training limitations for his soldiers; differences between northern Omanis and Dhofaris; political situation in Dhofar, early 1970s.
REEL 2 Continues: historical background to insurgency in Dhofar; overthrow of old Sultan and changes introduced by Qaboos; supply problems of operating in Dhofar interior during monsoon; operation to capture Adoo insurgent supply base at Sherrashitti, 1/1975; character of British Army Training teams comprising of 22nd Special Air Service personnel; sacking of commanding officer and his replacement by Patrick Brooke; advance on Adoo supply caves at Sherrashitti, 6/1/1975; role of Firka guides; need for northern Omani soldiers to have leadership from the front; attack Nigel Lawring's company crossing grassy plain, 1/1975.
REEL 3 Continues: mass Adoo fire on company crossing grassy plain; his decision to go alone to check for survivors of massacre; his actions after massacre; warning from Special Air Service survivor not to carrying out his reconnaissance; method of carrying out his reconnaissance; obtaining artillery support and smoke screen; aiding wounded and assembling them at Coffin Rock; firing on withdrawing Adoo; discovery of Nigel Lawring's body; close combat during Adoo assault and obtaining AK47.
REEL 4 Continues: arrival of his platoon with stretchers; evacuation of wounded; reporting dead as missing in action; story of Rashid Mubarak's bravery in action; decorations given for Sherrashitti action; action at Safaik, 3/1975; strategic importance of The Capstan position; importance of stepping on rocks rather than sand; use of relay aircraft to allow relaying of communications; rescue mission to aid soldiers blown up on mines, 3/1975.
REEL 5 Continues: fate of four men wounded by mines; question of what was achieved in Oman, 1974-1976. Question of effects of having experienced active service and the taking of life.