British NCO with L Detachment Special Air Service in North Africa, 1941-1942
REEL 1 [Unknown interviewee] number of parachutes packed; interviewee sings version of the song Bless-Em-All about Parachutists and parachute packers. [Almonds} Background to joining Special Air Service in North Africa, 1942: activities with No 8 Commandos in North Africa; activities during voyage to North Africa including first meeting with David Stirling; joining of Special Air Service. Aspects of operations as NCO with L Detachment, Special Air Service in North Africa, 1941-1942: knowledge of Special Air Service; story of scavenger hunt in training; setting-up of camp at Kabrit; structure built for parachute training; jumps from moving truck including casualties; opinion of training; description of towers built for parachute training.
REEL 2 Continues: use of towers built for parachute training; boat built for use on Bitter Lakes; accident during parachute training; story of first parachute jump; reasons for not taking part in first raid; casualties incurred and reactions; practice for raid on Sidi Haneish; reason for stopping short of Sidi Haneish and views of raid; story of German pilot captured; success of raid; story of German column travelled with away from Sidi Haneish; reactions to raid; journey away from Sidi Haneish; opinion and memories of David Stirling; origin and discussion of nickname "Gentleman Jim"; story of first parachute raid and reactions to news of it.
REEL 3 Continues: reiteration of jumps from moving truck including casualties; reiteration of origin of nickname "Gentleman Jim"; opinion of scenes in desert; discussion of service in Special Air Service. [Unknown interviewee] introduction of keffiyeh to Long Range Desert Group; interviewee demonstrates staining of keffiyeh a in tea including reason for staining.