The Glubb Reports: Glubb Pasha and Britain’s Empire Project by Tancred Bradshaw

By Tancred Bradshaw

The Glubb experiences reviews papers written by means of basic Sir John Glubb, the long-serving British commander of the Jordanian Arab Legion. It covers concerns resembling the function of tribes and barren region regulate, the impression of Palestine, the Arab Legion's function within the first Arab-Israeli warfare, the growth of the Arab Legion, and Glubb's dismissal in 1956.

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Again, Bedouin police can forestall over overtake raiders by foreseeing their movements, the routes they will follow and the tactics they will adopt, the police being themselves ex-raiders. Armed cars manned by Bedouin police are more mobile and less costly than regular forces, because they require no supply or ration organisation. The men feed themselves, each man carrying a haversack of dates or a bag of flour in his kit. They drink any water and eat on the march on camel back or in their cars.

Nonetheless, his views had no appreciable impact on the making of policy in London. 49 This remained the British Government’s policy until after the Second World War. During that war, Glubb contemplated the future of the Palestine mandate and Britain’s imperial presence in the Middle East. In November 1942 he wrote a memorandum entitled ‘Notes on post-war settlements in the Middle East’. (16) He argued that if there had been an adequate garrison in 1936, the revolt would not have occurred. He went on to argue that the British would be forced to remain in Palestine for the foreseeable future, and he Glubb and Transjordan, 1930–1945 39 vaguely discussed the benefits of Palestine entering an Arab federation and a system of ‘regional international control’.

In contrast, he extolled the virtues of Amir Abdullah and the benevolent rule that characterised Transjordan during the amirate. Glubb became the commander of the Arab Legion in the spring of 1939, and during the Second World War the legion played a role in the invasions of Iraq and Syria. He played a central role in the transformation of the Arab Legion from a gendarmerie into a small professional army. In spite of this expansion, the legion played an ancillary role for the rest of the war, which must have been the source 42 The Glubb Reports of great frustration for Glubb.

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