Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE VR
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is a world leading expert in Chemical, Biological and Nuclear weapons. Hamish is a commissioned reserve officer in the British Army’s Staff Corp as senior advisor & mentor to the MOD on CBRN. He is also advising NGOs and journalists in Ukraine on CBRN defence.
Hamish served 24 years in the British Army including service as Commanding Officer of the UK CBRN Regiment and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. His operational deployments included the 1st Gulf War, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and has been in Syria & Iraq frequently in the last 10 years. This considerable experience in the field places Hamish as one of the world’s leading and most current experts in chemical, biological and nuclear counter terrorism and warfare.
Hamish has worked in Syria during the current conflict setting up the CBRN Task Force and advising medical charities, the White Helmets and the Idlib Health Directorate on treating the victims of chemical weapons attacks and collation of evidence. He advised the Peshmerga 2015-17 on CBRN matters and trained them on several occasions to counter the ISIL chemical attacks in N Iraq.
Today Hamish gives advice to UK and US Government agencies and is a senior MOD advisor on CBRN and Syria. He is frequently seen on global news channels providing expert commentary, and writes in UK, Middle East and US news journals and newspapers. He attended and passed the Australian Army Command & Staff Course. He is a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge in 20/22 and his memoir ‘Chemical Warrior’ was published in Sep 20.
He once held the press up world record!
‘Outstanding humanitarian – He is one of the few heroes in a story of evil, misery and law breaking’
Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP
‘One of my heroes’
‘Compelling and unforgettable’
John Simpson BBC
‘Unlike any account of warfare I’ve read’
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