3.30pm : Hamish de Bretton-Gordon

Interviewed by Alistair Bunkall

Sunday 18th 3.30pm

Chemical Warrior Saving Lives on the Front-line of Modern Warfare

This book lifts the lid on Hamish de Bretton-Gordon’s unique world of battlefield expertise and humanitarian work. He has devoted his life to fighting the use of chemical weapons and helping those who suffer after such attacks, from civilians in Syria to the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. As Commanding Officer of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Regiment, Hamish led the charge against these devastating weapons: launching a military response to anthrax in Iraq, preventing a fertiliser bomb explosion in Afghanistan and himself suffering near-fatality during a sarin attack. 

After over 23 years of frontline action, Hamish discovered he had a heart condition and was advised to take things easy. Feeling unable to stand by while President Assad deployed chemical weapons against civilians, he went to Aleppo and provided doctors with expert opinions on these weapons. This harrowing experience affected him deeply. 

This is more than a professional memoir – it is a very human story of overcoming extraordinary odds.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE is a leading expert on chemical and biological counter-terrorism and warfare. He is co-founder and director of Doctors Under Fire, advises the UK Government on CBRN, frequently appears on the global media as an expert commentator, and holds several academic posts. 

Hamish will be in conversation with Sky News Journalist, Alistair Bunkall

Alistair Bunkall is the Sky News Defence and Security correspondent. He regularly files reports from frontlines in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea and NATO’s eastern border with Russia. Alistair has been given unprecedented access to some of the UK’s most secretive establishments including GCHQ, and also writes on international affairs for the London Evening Standard.