Nigel Bromage was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1945 at the age of 18. In 1947 he was seconded to the Arab Legion and fought with them at the Battle of Latroun in 1948. He stayed with the Arab Legion until 1955 and then became Assistant Military Attache in the British Embassy in Amman until 1961. In 1963 Bromage was sent to Saudi Arabia to set up the British Military Mission to the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG), under the newly appointed commander, Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. He received an OBE for his work with SANG and stayed in the Arabian Peninsula for most of the rest of his service, first as an adviser the Kuwait Liaison Team and finally as Military Adviser to the British Embassy in the UAE. He retired in 1979. Over the years, he has played an integral role in Saud-British relations. Sir Alan Munro was British Ambassador in Saudi Arabia 1989-1993 and Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa.