He recalled a Cabinet meeting chaired by the late King Hussein in March 1,1956, where it took a decision 198, to terminate services of Glubb Pasha and to appoint Radi Annab as the chairman of the chiefs of staff of the Arab Legion
, a step that strengthened the country's sovereignty and self-reliance.
John's mention of Glubb Pasha and the Arab Legion
reminded me of a former colleague who had served in Glubb Pasha's Legion and who claimed to have taught the then Crown Prince (the present king of Jordan) to play bridge.
The ex-RAF squadron leader was seconded to the Arab Legion
Air Force after World War II and became
The Muslim soldiers of Sir John Bagot Glubb's Arab Legion
and France's Tirailleur, Goumier and Spahi regiments fought loyally against the Axis in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and Western Europe.
Qasim was born in 1939 in Al-Zarqa in northern Jordan, where his father served in the Arab Legion
Zeid spent five years as an officer in the Jordanian desert police, the successor to the Arab Legion
, before joining the U.
1956: King of Jordan sacks British general King Hussein of Jordan has sacked the British commander of the Arab Legion
in what is being seen as an effort to strengthen his own position within the Arab world.
Abdullah al-Tall, Arab Legion
Officer; Arab nationalism and opposition to the Hashemite regime.
Bar-On relates that "in only forty-seven minutes of fighting, Dayan's battalion breached Lod's defense lines, crossed the village to the outskirts of the neighboring Arab town of Ramleh [ten miles southeast of Tel Aviv], and returned under a downpour of fire from Arab Legion
embargoes in the name of peace (with the already equipped Arab armies, including the British-officered Arab Legion
left unmentioned) were meant to ensure the expected outcome.
Glubb Pasha, one-time head of the Arab Legion
, explained the matter as follows; "The mere fact that King Abdullah admitted his desire for peace was enough to impel the Arab League to declare that talk of peace was treason to the Arab cause.
The Jordanian National Guard, which is financed by the Arab Legion
and composed of Palestinian and Jordanian volunteers, would come under the Joint Command, but the Arab Legion
(Jordan's regular army) would not, Syrian sources said.