General Sir Peter de la Billiere, British commander in Saudi Arabia, describing a potential war with Iraq "History tells us there can be no antiseptic war, and history is right." The following background is from a Sri Lankan Sunday Times article on Tim Spicerand the mercenary business : 1. [11] In 1982, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). A “Peter de la Billière” is men­tioned as pupil evac­uee of St. Pet… Sort by Filter ... Storm Command: A Personal Account of the Gulf War. [2] In 1964, he failed Staff College but was appointed Officer Commanding A Squadron 22 SAS. His past experience of fighting in the area, knowledge of the people and some fluency in the language overrode concerns about his age. [2], He originally enlisted as a private in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in 1952. [3] In 1964, he failed Staff College but was appointed Officer Commanding A Squadron 22 SAS. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. Peter de la Billière 2 followers General Sir Peter Edgar de la Cour de la Billière, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar is a former British soldier, who was Director of the United Kingdom Special Forces during the Iranian Embassy Siege and Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in the 1990 Gulf War. [12], After the SAS, de la Billière was appointed Military Commissioner and Commander of British Forces in the Falkland Islands from 1984 and General Officer Commanding Wales District from 1985. [13], Despite being due for retirement he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in the 1990 Gulf War – in effect the second in command of the multinational military coalition headed by US General Norman Schwarzkopf. [2], He was educated at Wellesley House School, Broadstairs[3] and Harrow. In this role, he was largely responsible for persuading Schwarzkopf (who was initially sceptical) to allow the use of SAS and other special forces in significant roles in that conflict. [10] For the next four years he commanded SAS Group with overall responsibility for military command. De la Billiere was responsible for overseeing the SAS's most famous operations of the decade, among them the recovery of hostages from the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, and for commanding Special Forces operations in the 1982 war with Argentina to recover the Falkland Islands. Senior MoD sources insisted that a ban on entering Special Forces bases applied to him, but he disagreed and demanded an apology. [1] On 22 May 1941 his father, who had been educated at Monkton Combe School near Bath, Somerset,[2] was killed when his ship, HMS Fiji, was sunk by German bombers in an attack south-west of Crete. [13] In 1987 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB). [3] He was later commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Durham Light Infantry. [15], He has written or co-authored 18 books, including an autobiography, a personal account of the Gulf War and a number of works about the SAS.[16]. Results for Wars, Battles & Campaigns. Directed by Richard Pearson. [3] For his actions during this period he was awarded a bar to his Military Cross. Please try your request again later. [9], De la Billière then served from 1977 in a number of administrative posts assuming command of the British Army Training Team in Sudan before returning to the regiment as Director SAS in 1979. [3] In 1991, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). The commander of British forces in the 1991 Gulf war yesterday revealed he had suffered flu after receiving injections before the conflict. In order to allow him to receive the pension benefits of full general he was given the newly created sinecurist (honorarium) post of Middle East Advisor to the Secretary of State for Defence. Battles/wars: Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation Jebel Akhdar campaigns: Awards: Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire ... Peter de la Billière: Last edited on 23 September 2019, at 23:05. De la Billiere was responsible for overseeing the SAS's most famous operations of the decade, among them the recovery of hostages from the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, and for commanding Special Forces operations in the 1982 war with Argentina to recover the Falkland Islands. Peter visited Mirbat after the battle, to see the scene of the SAS battle, and to put it in perspective, the casualties had been miraculously light, but it could have been a disaster. And my fellow Americans, we passed that test. He then served a tour as second-in-command of 22 SAS, of which he was Commanding Officer from 1972 to 1974. [11] He was General Officer Commanding South East District from 1988. Peter de la Billière was born in Ply­mouth, Devon, the son of Sur­geon Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Denis de la Billière and his wife Kitty Lawley. After Staff College he was posted as G2 (intelligence) Special Forces at Strategic Command. It was during this period that the Special Air Service Regiment became publicly known as a consequence of their storming of the Iranian Embassy in 1980. He's not going to sit there like a bewildered rabbit and be picked up. In 1978, Peter de la Billiere, then a brigadier, became director of the U.K. Special Forces. Format Paperback. The British didn't have as much too lose, didn't have as much stuff to bring, and didn't have much money to … The British army contingent expanded 14,000 from early in November 1990 to more than 45,000 through to completion of the engagement and cessation of hostilities in February 1991. His fa­ther was of Huguenotde­scent. On 22 May 1941 his fa­ther was killed when his ship, HMS Fiji, was sunk by Ger­man bombers in an at­tack south-west of Crete. In 1990-1991, as general, he c… We have created a browser extension. [2] For his actions during this period he was awarded a bar to the Military Cross. [3] From 1964 to 1966, A Squadron 22 SAS was deployed to Borneo where he was second-in-command of the regiment for the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation. With Jeremy Clarkson, Peter De La Billiere, Jack Reynolds, George Ashington. The UN forces, predominantly consisting of soldiers from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Saudi Arabia, routed Iraqi forces in Kuwait using new technology such as smart … General Sir Peter Edgar de la Cour de la Billière, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar (born 29 April 1934) is a former British Army officer who was Director SAS during the Iranian Embassy siege, and Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in Operation Granby (the Gulf War). He was born as Peter Edgar Delacour to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Denis de la Billiere and his wife Kitty Lawley. [2], In 1956, he attended and passed Selection for the Special Air Service. [3] During his early career as an officer he served in Japan, Korea and Egypt with the regiment's 1st Battalion. [8] It was during this period that the SAS shot to public fame as a consequence of their storming of the Iranian Embassy in 1980. [17], De la Billière has written or co-authored 18 books, including an autobiography, a personal account of the Gulf War and a number of works about the SAS.[18]. In 1978, Peter de la Billiere, then a brigadier, became director of the U.K. Special Forces. He was ed­u­cated at Welles­ley House School, in the coastal town of Broad­stairs in Kent, and Har­row School at Har­row-on-the-Hill in North West London. [6], After this tour, he re-attended Staff College, and, this time, passed. He was also responsible during the Falklands War for planning Operation Mikado. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. In 1978, Peter de la Billiere, then a brigadier, became director of the U.K. Special Forces. Having read Colin Powell's autobiography and Schwartzkopf's also, this provided a new angle on the war. To install click the Add extension button. None of them mention an attempt to remove bricks from walls to gain an additional entry point. [10], Despite being due for retirement de la Billière was appointed on 6 October 1990 as Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in Operation Granby (the Gulf War), in effect the second-in-command of the multinational military coalition headed by US General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. His past experience of fighting in the area, knowledge of the people and possession of some fluency in Arabic overrode concerns about his age. [8], In 1987 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. In January 1972, at the age of 37, Peter de la Billiere took over as Commanding Officer of 22nd SAS. Peter de la Billière was born in Plymouth, Devon, the son of Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Claude Denis Delacour de Labillière and his wife, Kitty Lawley. The following background is from a Sri Lankan Sunday Times article on Tim Spicerand the mercenary business : 1. He is often known by the acronym DLB. [7], He then served in a number of administrative posts before returning to the regiment as Director SAS in 1979. The air war began on 17th January, and Scuds were flying before the day was out. [14] He was General Officer Commanding South East District from 1988. ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) He is often known by the acronym DLB. General Sir Peter Edgar de la Cour de la Billière, [1] KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar (born 29 April 1934) is a former British Army officer who was Director SAS during the Iranian Embassy Siege and Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in the 1990 Gulf War. Buy Used and New Wars, Battles & Campaigns Books . Sir Peter De la Billière + Follow Similar authors to follow + + + See more recommendations Something went wrong. [16] In 1993, he received Saudi Arabia's Order of King Abdulaziz, 2nd Class,[17] and was made a Commander of the United States' Legion of Merit. [3] In 1962, he was attached to the Federal Army in Aden. [8] He was succeeded by Brigadier Morgan Llewellyn on 1 December 1987. De la Billiere, who wrote his books to get himself out of a financial hole (he is a Lloyd's name) got a foreword by Prince Charles to his account of the Gulf War… After Staff College he was posted as G2 (intelligence) Special Forces at Army Strategic Command. During his first SAS tour, he served in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency, as well as Oman where he was mentioned in despatches and was awarded the Military Cross in 1959 for leading a troop in the assault on Jebel Akdar. [2] He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Durham Light Infantry. He then served a tour as second-in-command of 22 SAS, of which he was Commanding Officer from 1972 to 1974. SAS veterans of the siege have published several first-hand accounts. [4][5] After his initial tour with 22 SAS, he returned to the Durham Light Infantry to run recruit training, before taking up the post of Adjutant of 21 SAS – the London based Territorial Army (reserve) SAS regiment. X ... David Stirling, the Regiment’s founder, and Sir Peter de la Billière, who commanded British forces during the First Gulf War. AbeBooks.com: Storm command: a personal account of the Gulf War (9780002551380) by DE LA BILLIERE, Peter and a great selection of similar New, Used … -- Lieut. General Sir Peter Edgar de la Couer de la Billière KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar (b. Enter Brigadier Peter de la Billière, director of the SAS and a favourite of Margaret Thatcher since the Iranian embassy siege in London in 1980. The Gulf War (2 August 1990-28 February 1991) was a war waged by a United Nations coalition of 34 nations against Ba'athist Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait in August 1990. 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