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Old 15-09-2014, 07:44 PM   #6
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Peter Edgar de la Cour de la Billière,(Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) 1987 KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar MSC (born 29 April 1934)-(age 80) 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.. He is often known by the acronym DLB..He was born as Peter Edgar Delacour to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Denis de la Billiere and his wife Kitty Lawley.. On 22 May 1941, his father was killed when his ship, HMS Fiji, was sunk by German bombers in an attack southwest of Crete..He originally enlisted as a private in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in 1952..He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Durham Light Infantry.. During his early career as an officer he served in Japan, Korea and Egypt..He was educated at Wellesley House School, Broadstairs and Harrow..

n 1956, he attended and passed Selection for the Special Air Service. During his first SAS tour, he served in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency and Oman, where he was mentioned in despatches and won the Military Cross in 1959.. 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.. In 1962, he was attached to the Federal Army in Aden.. In 1964, he failed Staff College but was appointed Officer Commanding A Squadron 22 SAS.. From 1964 to 1966, A Squadron was deployed to Borneo for the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation.. For his actions during this period he was awarded a bar to the Military Cross..After this tour, he re-attended Staff College, and, this time, passed. After Staff College he was posted as G2 (intelligence) Special Forces at Strategic Command. He then served a tour as second-in-command of 22 SAS, of which he was Commanding Officer from 1972 to 1974.. For service in Oman, he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1976..He then served in a number of administrative posts before returning to the regiment as Director SAS in 1979..It was during this period that the SAS shot to public fame as a consequence of their storming of the Iranian Embassy in 1980. He was also responsible during the Falklands War for planning Operation Mikado.. In 1982, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)..

After the SAS he was appointed Military Commissioner and Commander of British Forces in the Falkland Islands from 1984 and General Officer Commanding Wales District from 1985.. He was succeeded by Brigadier Morgan Llewellyn on 1 December 1987.. He was General Officer Commanding South East District from 1988..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. His past experience of fighting in the area, knowledge of the people and some fluency in the language overrode concerns about his age. 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..By the end of his career he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant General. 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.. He retired in 1992..In August 1991, he received Canada's Meritorious Service Cross.. In 1993, he received Saudi Arabia's Order of King Abdul Aziz, 2nd Class and was made a Commander of the
United States' Legion of Merit...

Second lieutenant (called under-lieutenant in some countries) is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many armed forces..The Pakistan Army follows the British pattern of ranks.. A second lieutenant is represented by one metal pip on each shoulder in case of "khaki uniform" and one four quadric printed star on the chest in case of camouflage combat dress.. However a second lieutenant in the Pakistan Army is usually promoted to lieutenant 6 months after commissioning..The rank second lieutenant (abbr: 2LT; coll: "one-pip") was introduced throughout the British Army in 1871 to replace the rank of ensign (cornet in the cavalry), although it had long been used in the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Fusilier and Rifle regiments. At first the rank bore no distinct insignia.. In 1902 a single Bath star (now commonly referred to as a pip) was introduced; the ranks of lieutenant and captain had their number of stars increased by 1 to (respectively) 2 and 3.. The rank is also used by the Royal Marines..New British Army officers are normally commissioned as second lieutenants at the end of their commissioning course at RMA Sandhurst, and continue with specific training with their units, often with mentoring from senior NCOs..In the United States, second lieutenant is the normal entry-level rank for most commissioned officers in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps and is equivalent to the rank of ensign in the Navy and Coast Guard..Note that although many air forces use the rank of second lieutenant, in most Commonwealth air forces the equivalent rank of pilot officer is used..In the British Army a salute may not be given unless a soldier is wearing his regimental headdress, for example a Beret, Caubeen, Tam o' Shanter, Glengarry, field service cap or peaked cap.."Meet Captain Ian MacAlwain" .... professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers..Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar...
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