Andrew Gordon (naval historian)
Gilbert Andrew Hugh Gordon (born 23 July 1951) is a British naval historian.
Dr. Gordon has a BSc in Economics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a PhD in War Studies from King's College London, University of London. Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and worked as consultant during the drafting of British Maritime Doctrine (BR 1806), and Fighting Instructions. He was formerly a lieutenant commander at HMS President, the London unit of the Royal Naval Reserve, Currently he is on loan to the United States Naval Academy from his position as reader in maritime history at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham, near Swindon.
At present, he is writing a biography of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay. He is best known for his 1996 book The Rules of the Game, a critical study of the Grand Fleet's leadership during the Battle of Jutland. Earlier he had written a valuable study of British Sea Power and Procurement between the Wars.
History Today magazine in summer 2006, published an article by Brian James describing how three military historians, Drs Christina Goulter and Gary Sheffield as well as Dr Gordon, who teach on the higher command and staff course at Shrivenham have concluded that it was the Royal Navy, and not the RAF, that prevented a German invasion in 1940. The article quotes Andrew Gordon stating "It really is time to put away this enduring myth. To claim that Germany failed to invade in 1940 because of what was done by phenomenally brave and skilled young men of Fighter Command is hogwash. The Germans stayed away because while the Royal Navy existed they had not a hope in hell of capturing these islands. The navy had ships in sufficient numbers to have overwhelmed any invasion fleet." This article did, not unexpectedly, raise some controversy at time of publication. It was, of course, not a new thesis, having been first argued by Duncan Grinnell-Milne in Silent Victory.
- British Sea power and Procurement between the Wars: a Reappraisal of Rearmament, Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1988
- The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command, London: John Murray, 1996, paperback 2000.
- History Today: Europe, Vol 56 Issue 9, August 2006.
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