Chemical Warrior Hamish De Bretton-Gordon

Chemical Warrior

Saving Lives on the Frontline of Modern Warfare

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon


Hamish de Bretton-Gordon has devoted his life to fighting the use of chemical weapons and helping those who suffer at their hands. It’s a threat that has never been greater – from the attacks against civilians in Syria to the Novichok poisoning on home soil in Salisbury.

As Commanding Officer of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Defence Regiment, Hamish led the charge against these devastating weapons: launching a military response to anthrax in Iraq, preventing a huge fertiliser bomb explosion in Afghanistan, and suffering a near-death experience himself during a sarin attack.

After over 23 years at the heart of the action on the frontline, Hamish discovered he had a heart condition called Sudden Death Syndrome. His doctor advised him to take things easy, but Hamish felt unable to stand by while President Assad began to use weapons against civilians. He flew to Aleppo to provide his expert opinion to doctors on weapons – a harrowing experience that affected him deeply and strengthened his resolve to keep fighting.

Lifting the lid on Hamish’s unique world of battlefield expertise and humanitarian work, this is not only a professional memoir but also a very human story of overcoming extraordinary personal odds.

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