|Glubb (right) with King ‘Abdullah I in 1951|
Then comes the fall: the dismissal of Glubb by King Hussein in 1956, during the tensions associated with the Baghdad Pact and the rise of Nasser. Or rather, through Pathé's lenses, he was "unceremoniously sacked" by the "boy king" whose family he had served for "three generations" (counting's Talal's one year in office). Finally, of course, he receives his deserved reward, not in Amman but in London, with his Knighthood.
It's a reminder of the last gasps of British influence in the Middle East in that year of the Suez War, though the Union Jack would fly a bit longer in Aden and the Gulf. I heard Sir John speak in the 1970s, when he must have been about 80: still looking and bearing himself like a British officer of another era.