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Patrick Cordingley
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 7th Armoured Brigade
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Distinguished Service Order

Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO is a retired British Army officer.

Military career

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 in June 1965 into 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

He commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade (Desert Rats) in the first Gulf War. He was the commander who led the British and American forces which overcame the Iraqi defences in 1991.[1] He was opposed to the second Gulf War and has frequently spoken out against it citing his concern that many thousands of civilians would die unnecessarily.[2]

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery and leadership;[3] he also had a role as as a military adviser to the Sultan of Oman. In 1996 he had published a book detailing his leading the troops into Iraq, the book was called 'In The Eye Of The Storm' and was a was a bestseller.[4]



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