Bangkok's Don Muang airport was a beehive activity in preparation for the arrival of the British Commander-in-Chief of Far East Land Forces, Lieutenant General Sir Richard Hull for a four day visit of Thailand.
Among official greeters at the Bangkok Airport are British Ambassador Whittington and wife, General Kraun Sudhania, Chief of Staff of the Thai Army and other high ranking officials of the Thai Armed Forces.
Plane bringing in the visitors.
Sir and Lady Hull step down from plane.
Thai Army Chief of Staff welcomes the British couple.
Sir Hull inspects the guards of honour.
Into the Air Force No.
Taking with General Kraun.
CU - Sir Hull.
Leaving Airport for Capital.
SEATO HQ in Bangkok.
Sir Hull upon arrival at SEATO HQ.
Sir Hull meets Pote Sarasin Secretary General of SEATO.
Sir Hull and Brig. L. W. Thornton, Chief of Military Planning office of SEATO.
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Background: Bangkok's Don Muang airport was a beehive activity in preparation for the arrival of the British Commander-in-Chief of Far East Land Forces, Lieutenant General Sir Richard Hull for a four day visit of Thailand.
The General's visit was primarily with a view to renew the bond of friendship between Great Britain and Thailand - partners in the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation aimed to check communist advances in South-East Asia.
Sir and Lady Hull and their two daughters were the guests of the Thai Army.
The Thai Army Chief of Staff, General Kraun Sudhanin, along with high officials of the army and the Irish Ambassador Whittington and his wife were at the Airport to greet Sir and Lady Hull as they stepped down the plane.
At the Airport, Sir Hull inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Thai Air Force.
One of the important engagements of Sir Hull during his five day visit was to call at the SEATO Headquarters in Bangkok and pay a courtesy call on Secretary-General Pote (pron. poak) Sarasin. The Secretary-General had only recently returned from a tour of several Asian and European countries and the United States where he had talks with Government leaders on SEATO as well as problems like Communist subversion and infiltration in South East Asia.
Sir Hull utilised the visit to have a first-hand briefing from Brigadier Thornton, Chief of Military Planning of SEATO in Bangkok.