Glubb, Sir John Bagot
, 1897-1986, British soldier. He served in France during World War I and in 1920 was posted to Iraq, where he lived among Arab Bedouins and studied their language and culture. After serving (1926-30) as administrative inspector for the Iraqi government, Glubb was transferred to Jordan and attached to the Arab Legion, of which he assumed command in 1939. A trusted friend and personal adviser of King Abdullah
, he made the legion the best-trained force in the Arab world. However, during the Arab-Israeli War of 1956, public opinion forced his dismissal. He is often referred to as Glubb Pasha. Glubb's many writings include The Story of the Arab Legion
(1948), A Soldier with the Arabs
(1957), and Britain and the Arabs
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