Patrick Cordingley

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Patrick Cordingley
Born (1944-10-06) 6 October 1944 (age 72)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1965 - 2000
Rank Major-General
Commands held 7th Armoured Brigade
2nd Division
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Distinguished Service Order

Major General Patrick Anthony John Cordingley DSO DSc FRGS (born 6 October 1944) is a retired British Army officer who commanded 2nd Division.

Military career[edit]

Cordingley was educated at Sherborne School and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, (Intake 35), where he was Senior Under-Officer of Waterloo Company. He was commissioned into 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in June 1965.[1] He was given command of the 7th Armoured Brigade (Desert Rats) in 1988 and he was the commander who in 1991 led the British and American forces which overcame the Iraqi defences during the Gulf War.[2] He became General Officer Commanding Eastern District in 1992, General Officer Commanding 2nd Division in 1995 and Senior British Loan Services Officer to Oman in 1996 before he retired in 2000.[3]

In 1996 he published a book detailing his leading the troops into Iraq titled 'In The Eye Of The Storm' which rose to the top of the non-fictional best seller lists.[4] He was opposed to the Iraq War and has frequently spoken out against it citing his concern that many thousands of civilians would die unnecessarily.[5] Cordingley has also spoken out against Britain renewing its Trident Nuclear deterrent.[6] Assuming a correct identification, he was also interested in astronomy, being a member of the British Astronomical Association from 1960 February 24 to about 1980 when he appears to have resigned.


Military offices
Preceded by
Division Reformed
(Post last held by Michael Walker)
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Dair Farrar-Hockley