Brigadier Philip Jamieson Greville CBE (Rtd) as the captain Officer Commanding Assault Pioneer Platoon 1st Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) and a prisoner of war, Korea 1952-1953, interviewed by Colonel David Chinn MBE (Rtd)

Accession Number S02289
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 58 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description digital audio tape (DAT); BASF DM 124; stereo
Maker Greville, Phillip Jamieson
Chinn, David Alexander
Australian War Memorial
Preston, Lenny
Date made 15 June 2001
Access Open
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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Source credit to AWM Oral History Program

Greville speaks of his service background and experience, as well as training; the role of the Assault Pioneer Platoon in Korea during his period of command; the circumstances of his capture and his treatment as a prisoner of war (POW); his attitude towards the Chinese Army's lack of commitment to the terms of the Geneva Convention; the effect of Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett on POWs; the United Nations Command (UNC) alleged use of biological (germ) warfare against the people of North Korea; his release and subsequent return to Australia; the physical and mental effects of incarceration and indoctrination on him and other prisoners of the Chinese Army during the war in Korea; his view of the use of POW re-education programs in general.