commanded the Desert Rats, (the 7th Armoured Brigade), during the Gulf
War. His huge tank formation led the British and American attack which
breached the Iraqi defences in February 1991. He was awarded the
Distinguished Service Order for his bravery and leadership.
A short time later, after a brief spell setting up a combined arms
training centre at Warminster, he was promoted to command the Second
Division, made fup of some 50,000 regular and TA soldiers, with its
headquarter in York.
In July 1996 he was appointed Military Advisor to His Majesty Sultan
Qaboos of Oman. Apart from professional advice, including devising a
procurement plan for all the three services, this post required
considerable political acumen, sensitivity to domestic and
international pressures and diplomacy.
Patrick retired from the army in September 2000 and is now chairman of
a company, chairman of the trustees of two museums, governor of a manor
public school, member of the Court of Ironmongers and honoury colonel
of two army units. In his spare time he is undertaking a PhD entitled
'Decision Making in the Gulf Region During times of Crisis'.
In August 1996 he published In The Eye Of The Storm, his own account of
leading Britain's biggest armoured deployment since D-day in 1944. It
was very well received by the critics and immediately became a best
seller. It spans every aspect of his responsibilities from covering the
tiniest detail through to the importance of being positive and
Since the Gulf War. Patrick Cordingley has been much in demand as a
speaker around the world, talking on such subjects as leadership,
team-building and decision-making. In 1997 he was voted by Sema, the
international software company, as one of the two best public speakers
they had ever heard.
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