Gordon Corrigan

Gordon Corrigan

Gordon Corrigan

Commissioned from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1962, Gordon Corrigan was an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles before retiring from the Army in 1998. He served mainly in the Far East, but also in Berlin, Cyprus, Belize and Northern Ireland. His last appointment was Commanding Officer of the Gurkha Centre in Hampshire. He is now a military historian. His television appearances include The Gurkhas, Napoleon’s Waterloo and Battlefield Detectives, and so far he has presented five series on various aspects of military history. He conducts military history study tours in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Portugal, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia and is a regular lecturer on cruises with Noble Caledonia. He has lectured in the United States and is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Universities of Birmingham and Kent, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Member of the British Commission for Military History and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. His hobbies are fox-hunting, long lunches and the Times crossword, not necessarily in that order.

I have my own web site which you can find at:

https://gordoncorrigan.com (Gordon Corrigan Lectures) where you will find a selection of Pay Per View lectures.

He is the author of:

Sepoys in the Trenches, The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914 – 1915,       (Spellmount, 1999)

Wellington, A Military Life, (Hambledon & London, 2001)

Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the First World War (Cassell & Co, 2003)

Loos 1915, The Unwanted Battle (Spellmount, 2006)

Blood, Sweat and Arrogance – And The Myths of Churchill’s War (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006)

The Second World War – A Military History (Atlantic books, 2010)

A Great and Glorious Adventure – a Military History of the Hundred Years War (Atlantic Books 2013)

Waterloo: a New History of the Battle and its Armies (Atlantic Books 2014)

England Expects: the Battle of Sluys (Endeavour Press Ltd 2016)

The Battle of Aegospotami (an e-book for Sharp Books 2021)

Lecture Subjects delivered by Webinar/Zoom:

gordoncorrigan@btinternet.com or 07703 356073



Chinese Gordon – the life and death of General Charles Gordon (1833 – 1885).

Douglas Haig – Hero or Villain?

Genghis Khan and the making of an empire.

Haig and Montgomery – a comparison.

Hannibal – History’s greatest general?

Marshal Berthier – Napoleon’s right hand man.

The Romanovs – Rulers of Russia for 300 years.

Wellington – the man.

Napoleon’s Marshals

Franz Josef – the benighted emperor.

Vladimir Putin – the man.


The Peloponnesian War – Athens versus Sparta 431 – 404 BC

The Mongol Art of War

The Hundred Years War

The Wars of the Roses

The defeat of the Spanish Armada 1588

The American War of Independence 1775 – 1783

King George’s Army – the British army in the Napoleonic Wars

King George’s Navy – the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars

Waterloo – the battle for Europe.

The Barbary Wars and the birth of the US Navy 1801-1805 and 1815.

The Anglo Nepal War 1814 – 1816 – the beginning of the Gurkha connection.

The Crimean War 1854 – 1857.

The Indian Mutiny 1857.

The American Civil War 1861 – 1865 (two talks, can be condensed into one).

The Great Game – Anglo Russian Rivalry in Central Asia in the 19th   Century.

The Russo Japanese War 1904/05.

The Empire at War – the British empire in WW1.

The Indian Army on the Western Front in WW1.

Gallipoli 1915.

Italy in WW1.

The USA in WW1.

Russia in WW1.

Myth and Reality in the Great War.

The Easter Rising 1916

The Russian Revolution 1917.

The Russian Civil War 1918 – 1920.

The Winter War – Russia and Finland 1939/40

Operation Barbarossa – the German invasion of Russia in WW2.

D Day 6th of June – the Allied landings in Normandy 1944.

Arctic convoys in WW2.

Combined Operations in WW2.

Italy in WW2

The Nuremberg Trials 1945/46.


The Gurkhas – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

A short history of the Black Sea.

A short history of Tibet.

The Silk Road – how trade, invaders, religions, and philosophies travelled to and from China to Europe.

A History of China (three talks).

The Art of War – a History of Military paintings, and where they got it wrong.


Yalta 1945 – Prelude to the Cold War

The Cold War 1945 – 1991

Russia’s Georgian War 2008

Putin’s War in Ukraine (updated daily)

Frocks versus Brasshats – Civil Military relations in the UK

Central Asia Today