British sapper served with 55th Independent Field Sqdn, 28th Field Engineer Regt, Royal Engineers, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1952-1953
REEL 1 Background in Ripley and Chilworth, GB, 1932-1951: family; education. Recollections of operations as sapper with 55th Independent Field Sqdn, 28th Field Engineer Regt, Royal Engineers, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1952-1953: training at Farnborough and Andover prior to posting to Korea, 1951; voyage from GB to Korea; method of laying mines; night attack by Chinese; relations with infantry; coping with weather conditions; danger to bridges during monsoon; work purifying water; fishing with plastic explosive; destruction of Centurion tank; leave period in Tokyo.
REEL 2 Continues: relations with Korean civilians; traditional Korean methods of work; trading with Indian troops; relations with NCOs and officers. Demobilisation and reserve training in GB, after 1953. Attitude to having served with Royal Engineers in Korea.
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.