ANTHONY FARRAR-HOCKLEY, PART THREE
In 1965 he was posted as Chief of Staff to the Director of Operations in Borneo in the Far East. Indonesia, under President Sukarno, was confronting. Secret and unattributable cross border operations he helped organize on Indonesian territory aided bring the ill-judged regiment confrontation to an end.
After heading the 16th Parachute Brigade from 1966 to 1968 and his fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford from 1968 to 1970, he was elevated to major general and appointed as the first Commander Land Forces in Belfast. He was the first senior officer to publicly acknowledge that the IRA was behind the violence after Farrar-Hockley commanded the 4th Regiment in BAOR from 1971 to 1973 before making his way back to the Ministry of Defence where he was put in charge of Combat Development for the Army.
After he spent some time as General Officer Commanding southeast District from 1977 to 1979, he was appointed commander in chief of NATO’s Allied Forces Northern Europe. He held this position until he retired from the Army in 1982.
Other appointments executed by Farrar-Hockley included: Commandant of the Prince of Wales’ Regiment from 1974 to 1980 of and ADC General to the Queen from 1981 to 1983. He was also the Commandant of the Parachute Regiment from 1977 to 1983. Besides, Farrar-Hockley was colonel of his Gloucestershire Division from 1978 to 1984.
During Farrar-Hockley’s retirement, he executed historical research and published campaign histories and biographies; he acted as a consultant and was a regular pundit in the newspapers and radio and television. Farrar-Hockley commanded the French at Waterloo in an episode of the brief TV series “A Game of War” in 1997.
He was a target for the IRA, having been seen on an IRA hit list in the 1980s. In 1990, Farrar-Hockley’s grandson discovered a bomb attached to a hose in his garden, but the bomb failed to explode.
He declared to the Guardian that an underground arms network was created in Britain after the Campaign, but rebuffed to say if it still existed. In 1983, Farrar-Hockley aroused controversy when he became engaged in organizing a new home guard campaign against possible Soviet invasion and in 1990. Following Italian Prime minister Giulio Andreotti’s October 1990 revelations regarding Operation Gladio, a NATO stay-behind network, he disclosed that the armed anti-communist secret resistance network all over Western Europe had engaged Britain.
Farrar-Hockley’s honors included: Listed in dispatches 1943, MC 1944, DSO 1953, and Listed in dispatches 1954, MBE 1957, DSO bar 1964, KCB 1977, and GBE 1982.
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