British officer cadet at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in GB, 1947-1948; officer served with Royal Army Service Corps at RAF Wunsdorf during Berlin Airlift, Germany, 1948-1949; served with Royal Army Service Corps in Egypt, 1949-1951
REEL 1 Aspects of period as child in Helensburgh, GB, 1922-1946: father's military service in First World War; education; his sisters' service with First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and Women's Royal Naval Service; wartime family life; bombing of Clydebank; attempt to join Royal Navy in London, VE Day, 7/5/1945. Aspects of period as cadet at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in GB, 1947-1948: initial military service with Gordon Highlanders and Royal Artillery; background to applying for commission; opinion of education received; memories of Regimental Sergeant Major Ronald Brittain; background and attitude to commissioning into Royal Army Service Corps. Recollections of period as officer with Royal Army Service Corps at RAF Wunsdorf during Berlin Airlift, Germany, 1948-1949: origins of Berlin Airlift; role of Freddie Laker.
REEL 2 Continues: the transport of fuel to Berlin; nature of airlift; flight to Berlin; coal flights to Berlin; initial impressions of Berlin from air; background to joining British Berlin Airlift Association; status as second lieutenant; attitude towards involvement in Berlin Airlift. Recollections of period as officer with Royal Army Service Corps in Egypt, 1949-1951: initial posting to Fayid; rugby injury; move to Suez to work in supply; theft of telephone cable by Egyptians; accommodation; slaughter of cattle; dealing with Egyptian contractors in Cairo.
REEL 3 Continues: provision of water buffalo milk; discovery of brothel in camp; quality control of food supplies; setting up self-service restaurant; buying chickens; issuing menus; need to take care when dealing with contractors; loss of local Egyptian staff on deposing of King Farouk; move to transport company at Tel el Kebir; supervising transport company; devising maintenance rota; discovery of brothel constructed by German POWs. Various aspects of period as officer with British Army in GB and Germany, 1952-1960: training as Petroleum Installation Engineer in GB and posting to Germany.
REEL 4 Continues: sailing activities; secondment to Devonshire Regt; attitude towards military service; effects of injuries received and illnesses contracted during military service; acting as prisoner's friend at court martial.