We've just been notified of the death last week of Maurice Sutcliffe, who served with the Faughs in Tunisia and later again with SoE in Italy/Yugoslavia. While with 1 RIrF, Lt Sutcliffe was wounded on 18th Feb '43 near Bou Arada - his brother, Charles, had been killed the previous month. I'm currently re-listening to Maurice's very evocative oral testimony for IWM here: Sutcliffe, Maurice William (Oral history) Faugh a Ballagh ! REEL 1 Background in Birmingham, GB, 1922-1939: family; education; reaction to declaration of Second World War, 3/9/1939. Period with East Surrey Regt in GB, 1940-1942: memories of German Air Force bombing in Gravesend, 1940; public morale; attitude towards German aircrew; story of failure to join Fleet Air Arm; period with OCTU at Dunbar, 1941-1942; memories of 'Murder' Murdoch; social background of OCTU cadets. Recollections of operations as officer with 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers in North Africa, 11/1942-2/1943: background to joining unit, 4/1942; role during Operation Torch landings in Algiers; move to front-line at Medjis el Bab; conditions at Medjis el Bab; reconnaissance patrols on Goubillet Plain; patrol in which he was wounded, 18/2/1943. REEL 2 Continues: opinion of German troops; contact with US troops in Tunisia; origins of unit personnel and their southern Irishmen's motivation for fighting for British Army. Hospitalisation in North Africa and GB, 1943-1944: question of pain of wounding. Recollections of operations with air liaison officer with 98 Sqdn, 2nd Group, RAF, spring 1944: basing at RAF Dunsfold; operations with North American Mitchells over V weapon sites over Pas de Calais; Dutch squadron's raid on U- boat pens in Netherlands. Recollections of operations with Force 266, Special Operations Executive in Yugoslavia, 1944-1945: background to joining Special Operations Executive. REEL 3 Continues: training in Bari, Italy spring 1944; work with Partisans at Slavonski Brod in northern Croatia, 1944-1945; Cossack presence in his area; disruption to communications; members of his team; arranging escape of Allied POWs; attitude of Partisans towards British/US team; dependence of Partisans on SOE; problems of evacuation of Partisan wounded. REEL 4 Continues: retrieving shot down Allied aircrews; occasion when he was nearly captured at Verafititsa, 2/1945; no prisoner policy employed by both Partisans and Axis; personal living conditions; question of national tensions in Partisan movement; Partisan discipline especially sexual relations; leaving Yugoslavia, 1945; contact with Russian Army at Novi Sad; attitude of Croats to Russian Army; behaviour of Russian Army.