British civilian worked as civil servant in London, 1943-1945. Worked with Control Commission in Germany, from 1945
REEL 1 Aspects of family and educational background. Aspects of life in Jarrow, 1920s. Recollections of life and work in London, 1934-1945: moving to London to join civil service; work in Customs; awareness if events in Europe, 1930s; reaction to outbreak of war; public morale; building of air raid shelters; memories of air raid on London docks, 6/9/1940; move to Home Office; transport difficulties; blackout; duties in Home Office; marriage to Robert Norman, 11/1941. REEL 2 Continues: story of bomb that hit near her house; reaction to bombing of home; attitude towards V1 and V2 rockets; friendship with Polish refugees; attitude towards Germans; story of how her husband joined the Control Commission; contacts with Free French and American troops; work with ARP and Home Guard; impact of American troops on London; memories of Victory Parade; VE Day celebrations. REEL 3 Continues: VE Day celebrations; attitude towards Royal Family and Winston Churchill; fate of Polish refugees; food rations. Recollections of period in Germany: move top Aachen Germany; working in Intelligence Section of Control Commission; conditions in Germany; attitude towards Germans; German civilians working with Control Commission; story of German Jewish friend, Oskar Hamm; husband's work obtaining information from refugees fleeing Germany; story of how weapons were sent out of Germany to Stern Gang (Lehi) in Palestine; move to Berlin, 1952; life in Berlin; going to see first performance of Russian Ballet outside USSR. REEL 4 Continues: relations between British and German civilians; living conditions, winter 1947; strengthening of city divide; lack of contact with Russians; refugees fleeing from East Germany via Berlin; move to Brauscheweig, 1957-1959, move to Frankfurt, 1960; influx of Americans; opening English speaking school; further memories of life in Berlin; story of her involvement in defection of two Hungarian ballet dancers to West; attitude towards Germans.
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.