British officer served with 1st Bn Royal Norfolk Regt, 29th British Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1951-1952
REEL 1 Background in Rhodesia and GB, 1931-1945: family; education at Otford during Second World War; attitude as schoolboy towards Second World War; memories of VE Day in London, 5/1945. Recollections of operations as platoon commander with 9 Platoon, C Coy, 1st Bn Royal Norfolk Regt, 29th British Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1951-1952: memories of call up and training as National Service officer in GB, 1951 prior to posting to Korea; character of voyage from GB to Korea; arrival in Pusan, 9/1951; Chinese soldier who surrendered to his unit; organisation of patrols including opinion of M1 Carbine and equipment carried; bringing back wounded Chinese POWs from patrol; length of patrols; taking over from 1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles, 1951; Chinese use of labour battalions; Chinese skill at concealment.
REEL 2 Continues: Chinese mass attack tactics; Chinese propaganda at Christmas and United Nations counter propaganda; character of Chinese mortaring and artillery fire; question of lack of thought about becoming a casualty; opinion of various other United Nations units; wastefulness of US troops; coping with winter conditions; state of health; character of demilitarised zone; role of Korean porters; standard of army rations; role of Crown News; leave in Tokyo; character of air support and use of air recognition panels; construction of Canadian trenches; vermin in trenches; lack of political discussion amongst officers; return voyage from Korea to GB; attitude to having done National Service in Korea.
REEL 3 Continues: story of award of Military Cross for fighting patrol in Samichong Valley, 3/3/1952-4/3/1952.