Dr Andrew Gordon
|Born||Gilbert Andrew Hugh Gordon|
23 July 1951
|Occupation||Academic, maritime war historian|
|Alma mater||Aberystwyth University |
King's College London
|Service/||Royal Navy (Reserve)|
Gordon received his early formal education at Glenalmond College, in Perthshire, Scotland. He received a BSc in Economics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD (1987) in War Studies from King's College London, University of London.
He first publication was his doctoral thesis, entitled 'British Sea Power and Procurement between the Wars' (1988).
He appeared as a filmed interview contributor in the television documentary Jutland: Clash of the Dreadnoughts (2004).
In its Summer 2006 edition, History Today published an article by Brian James, describing how three military historians, Christina Goulter and Gary Sheffield as well as Gordon, who teach on the higher command and staff course at Shrivenham, had reached the conclusion that it was the Royal Navy and not the Royal Air Force that prevented a German invasion of the British Isles in 1940 during the Second World War. 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." On publication the article drew some attention, despite it not being a wholly original new thesis, having been first posited by Duncan Grinnell-Milne in his book Silent Victory (1940).
As of October 2018, he is writing a biography of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay due for publication in April 2019.
- Admiral of the Narrow Seas: The Life of Bertram Ramsay (2019). Penguin Books.
- British Sea power and Procurement between the Wars: A Reappraisal of Rearmament (1988). (Commercial publication of a doctoral thesis).
- The Rules of the Game (Jutland and British Naval Command) (1996).
- Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature (1997)
- Longman-History Today Awards Book of the Year Prize (1997)
- Gordon's Linkedin profile (2019). https://uk.linkedin.com/in/andrew-gordon-583a7541
- "Dr Andrew Gordon". King's People. King's College London. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
- Entry for Jutland: Clash of the Dreadnoughts (2014) in IMDb (2019). https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6584022/
- History Today: Europe, Vol 56 Issue 9, August 2006.
- Profile of Gordon at the U.S. Naval Academy website (2019). https://www.usni.org/people/andrew-gordon-0
- Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1988
- London: John Murray, 1996, paperback 2000.