David G. Chandler

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David Chandler
Born 15 January 1934
Died October 10, 2004(2004-10-10) (aged 70)
Academic work
Main interests Military history, especially the Napoleonic wars
Notable works The Campaigns of Napoleon and other books on the Napoleonic era

David Geoffrey Chandler (15 January 1934 – 10 October 2004) was a British historian whose study focused on the Napoleonic era.[1]

As a young man he served briefly in the army, reaching the rank of captain, and in later life he taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Oxford University awarded him the D. Litt. in 1991. He held three Visiting Professorships: at Ohio State in 1970, at the Virginia Military Institute in 1988, and Marine Corps University in 1991.[2]

According to his obituary in The Daily Telegraph, his "comprehensive account of Napoleon's battles" (The Campaigns of Napoleon) is "unlikely to be improved upon, despite a legion of rivals. ... General de Gaulle wrote to Chandler in French declaring that he had surpassed every other writer about the Emperor's military career."[3]

He was also the author of a military biography of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and of The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough.


  • 1979 Gold Cross of Merit of Poland
  • 1939–1960 British National Service



  1. Obituary of David Chandler, The Times, 18 October 2004
  2. "Dr. David G. Chandler, one of the world's greatest Napoleonic historians, is a close friend of Ben Weider, the President..." Napoleonicsociety.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Obituary of David Chandler, The Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2004