Paul Harrison – Film 1In this the first of his 8 films, Paul talks about his early life and his call up in July 42. He recalls a swift change in the attitude of the Petty Officers as soon as the training started...
Paul Harrison – Film 2Paul talks us through the training processes undertaken to handle an LCT. He recalls an amusing incident on an Oerlikon gun where he is accused of shooting a submarine out of the sky! He also heads to America to collect an Landing Craft Infantry Large [LCiL]. It's not all plain sailing.
Paul Harrison – Film 3Paul talks about life onboard LCT 7069 and details his crew and their living quarters. Then it's D-Day. He's not on the initial assault of Sword beach, arriving in the afternoon they are then held off until the following morning.
Paul Harrison – Film 4Paul describes his role at the forward section of the LCT. He was in charge of the dropping of the bow door. He goes into detail about pulling the LCT off the beach after their load has disembarked. Then they join a single line convoy back to England which is not without incident...
Paul Harrison – Film 5Paul talks in detail about the Stirling Admiral engines that his LCT was equipped with. Although they were quicker than the diesels, they were temperamental. On the 17th of June, the gale strikes and things quickly go from bad to much worse...
Paul Harrison – Film 6Paul talks in detail about the handling characteristics of an LCT when loaded or empty. Having survived a sinking Paul and his crew catch a lift back to Britain onboard an American LST. It's not the allied style welcome he might have hoped for...
Paul Harrison – Film 7Paul recalls a close encounter in Clovelly, Devon. Then it;s off the Far East onboard a new LCT. This one is a Mark IV called LCT 1161 and it's fitted with Paxman-Ricardo engines. Paul describes the journey and some quirky stories.
Paul Harrison – Film 8The war ends, although not for Paul because he heads for Java in Indonesia. Paul talks about what he recalls of LCT 7074. He also talks about the parachute wire that was installed on LCT 7069. An interesting concept to conclude a fascinating interview. Thank you Paul.