An Online Presentation by Brigadier Hugh Willing CBE
6.30pm Thursday 21st January, 2021
Relations between the Sultan of Muscat and Imam Ghalib Bin Ali of Nizwa, leader of the interior Omani Arabs, was exacerbated in 1953 by Saudi Arabian claims on the oil field at Buraimi Oasis and their provision of military equipment to the Omani rebels. Matters came to a head in 1958 when the SAS were brought in to dislodge the Omani rebels from their mountain stronghold on the Jebel Akhdar – The Green Mountain.
The SAS assault on the 9,000ft ridge remains the stuff of legends, and has since been described as one of the most spectacular raids by the British Army in the post-World War Two era. In fact the Jebel Akhdar campaign would prove to be a turning point in the history of the SAS, which saved them from disbandment so that they could carry on unconventional war-fighting…which they do to this day.
Hugh Willing was a professional soldier for 36 years before retiring to his wife’s family home in East Sussex in 2007. He served with The Royal Green jackets and 2nd KEO Gurkha Rifles in many part of the world and was an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and at the Army Staff College Camberley. During his final posting in Oman as the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy for four years , he was closely involved in supporting British operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Horn of Africa. He was born in Kenya and speaks Swahili, Arabic and Gurkhali, and has travelled widely in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Arabia and the Far East both in a military and private capacity. He now travels the world on small cruise ships as a lecturer in British Military and Colonial History.
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