John Robertson

Staff member
Ian Glen
  • UNIT
HQ SAS Brigade (GSO 1(SAS) HQ 1 Airborne Corps)
  • RANK
Lieutenant Colonel
Officer of the Order of the British Empire,Croix de Guerre avec palme (Bel),Croix Militaire,1st Class (Bel)
NW Europe 1944-45
parent unit 3 Bn Coldstream Guards
former 8 Commando
member of Collins Publishing family
England tennis international
First Scotsman to get to tennis grand slam final (Australian + Wimbledon x 2 (doubles))


Order of The British Empire : Lt-Col Collins has held the appointment of CSO 1 SAS at this HQ since its inception, throught the period of build-up of the SAS force in UK and its participation in the battles of NORMANDY, BRITTANY and the ARDENNES, to the final brilliantly successful fights of the SAS Regiments in the RHINE Provinces and NE HOLLAND in the Spring of 1945.

Lt-Col Collins has worked tirelessly in building up the staff organization for the control, and planning requirements of the SAS Brigade for dealing with British and American Armies, and to cover the administrative requirements of the French and Belgian SAS Units. Full credit for the success of this organization falls to this officer.

To ensure the smooth working of the organization, to complete planning details, and to act as a liaison officer during SAS operations, Lt-Col Collins has been attached to British, Canadian and American formations in NW EUROPE for considerable periods.

In April 1945 he was attached to 1st Canadian Army in HOLLAND for liaison duties during the operations when SAS troops fought under that Army for the first time in NW EUROPE.

Lt-Col Collins' selfless devotion to duty has been an inspiration to his men and an example to all.

Croix De Guerre (Belgium ) : As staff officer SAS at HQ 1 British Airborne Corps since the inception of the SAS Bde, Lt-Col COLLINS has played an outstanding part in the initial organisation planning and operations of all SAS Units. He was responsible for much of the detailed work of arranging the transfer of 1 Belgian Independent Parachute Company to SAS and took a prominent part in their reorganisation for their new role. Since the commencement of operations much of the outstanding success achieved by the Belgian SAS Regt has been the result of the initial planning carried out by Lt-Col COLLINS with unsparing energy and devotion to duty.

WEB LINKS: (OBE) (Croix De Guerre - Belgium)
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SAS Great Escapes
Going to the Wars
Tanky Challenor: SAS and the Met
Operation Bulbasket
Parachute Padre
Honour to the Airborne: Pt. 2
An Active Service: The Story of a Soldier's Life in the Grenadier Guards, SAS and SBS 1935-1958
He Who Dares: Recollections of Service in the SAS, SBS and MI5
The Originals: The Secret History of the Birth of the SAS: In Their Own Words
Born of the Desert: With the S.A.S. in North Africa
SAS Ghost Patrol: The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers
The Special Air Service

Shane Collins

New Member
Hi John, Thanks for the info on Uncle Ian. Additional Information - First Scotsman to get to a Grand Slam tennis final - Wimbledon x 2, & Australian. (Andy Murray was the second).

William Shane Collins