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Gordon Corrigan - Author

About the Author

Gordon Corrigan was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1962 and retired from the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1998. A member of the British Commission for Military History and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, he speaks fluent Nepali and is a keen horseman.

Featured books by Gordon Corrigan

A Great and Glorious Adventure A Military History of the Hundred Years War

A Great and Glorious Adventure A Military History of the Hundred Years War

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

The Hundred Years War was fought between 1337 and 1453 over English claims to both the throne of France by right of inheritance and large parts of the country that had been at one time Norman or, later, English. The fighting ebbed and flowed, but despite their superior tactics and great victories at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, the English could never hope to secure their claims in perpetuity: France was wealthier and far more populous, and while the English won the battles, they could not hope to hold forever the lands they conquered. The real and abiding significance of the war lies in the fact that, at its end, the English had become English, as opposed to Anglo-French, and France too had set out on the road to nationhood. (Both countries would subsequently become the very best of enemies.) The war also sparked a real revolution in the English way of waging war, with increasing professionalism and the use of technology to make up for lack of numbers - factors which remain relevant throughout the subsequent history of the English, and then the British, army and which are still critical to it today. Military historian Gordon Corrigan's new history of these epochal events is brisk, combative and refreshingly straightforward, and the great kings, men and battles of the period receive the full attention and reassessment they deserve.

Other books by Gordon Corrigan

Sepoys in the Trenches The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15

Sepoys in the Trenches The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2015

Four days after war was declared, an Indian corps of two infantry divisions and a cavalry brigade was ordered to embark for the Western Front. Clad in in tropical uniforms, those men endured one of the bitterest winters on record and fought in every major battle of the next two years. In a country they had never seen, against an enemy of whom they knew little and in a cause that was not their own, they served for the honour of their country and their regiments. Sepoys in the Trenches draws upon a mass of unpublished sources and extensive interviews by the author in India and Nepal.

Waterloo A New History

Waterloo A New History

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2014

Blood, Sweat and Arrogance The Myths of Churchill's War

Blood, Sweat and Arrogance The Myths of Churchill's War

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2007

Why the British forces fought so badly in World War II and who was to blame Gordon Corrigan's Mud, Blood and Poppycock overturned the myths that surround the First World War. Now he challenges our assumptions about the Second World War in this brilliant, caustic narrative that exposes just how close Britain came to losing. He reveals how Winston Churchill bears a heavy responsibility for the state of our forces in 1939, and how his interference in military operations caused a string of disasters. The reputations of some of our most famous generals are also overturned: above all, Montgomery, whose post-war stature owes more to his skill with a pen than talent for command. But this is not just a story of personalities. Gordon Corrigan investigates how the British, who had the biggest and best army in the world in 1918, managed to forget everything they had learned in just twenty years. The British invented the tank, but in 1940 it was the Germans who showed the world how to use them. After we avoided defeat, but the slimmest of margins, it was a very long haul to defeat Hitler's army, and one in which the Russians would ultimately bear the heaviest burden.

Wellington A Military Life

Wellington A Military Life

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2006

The Duke of Wellington, the most successful of British commanders, set a standard by which all subsequent British generals have been measured. His defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 crowned a reputation first won in India at Assaye and then confirmed during the Peninsular War, where he followed up his defence of Portugal by expelling the French from Spain. Gordon Corrigan, himself an ex-soldier, examines his claims to greatness. Wellington was in many ways the first modern general, combining a mastery of logistics with an ability to communicate and inspire. He had to contend not only with enemy armies, but also with his political masters and an often sceptical public at home.

Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle

Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2005

This book looks at the major British offensive in 1915 when the British Expeditionary Force, embarked on a battle that it did not want to fight over ground that was quite unsuitable for the attack.

Look to Your Front Studies in the First World War by the British Commission for Military History

Look to Your Front Studies in the First World War by the British Commission for Military History

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1998

This book is a military history of World War I, containing11 papers by noted authorities on the Great War, which were presented to the British Commission for Military History during a commemorative seminar of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Sepoys in the Trenches The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15

Sepoys in the Trenches The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15

Author: Gordon Corrigan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/1998

The Indian corps arrived in Europe just in time for the First Battle of Ypres. Regular soldiers all, they fought an enemy of whom they knew little, and in a cause not their own. This full history draws on a range of sources, including interviews.

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