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Correlli (Bill) Barnett CBE FRHistS FRSL FRSA was Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre from 1977-1995. He served as Development Fellow from 1996-2001 and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the College. He is a world-renowned historian and was co-author of the ground-breaking BBC television series The Great War, for which he received the Screenwriters’ Guild Award for the Best Documentary. Other literary awards include the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award for Britain and Her Army and the 1991Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award for Engage the Enemy More Closely.
Amongst the many books written by Correlli Barnett is the acclaimed and influential Pride and Fall Sequence — The Collapse of British Power, The Audit of War, The Lost Victory and The Verdict of Peace, the final book in the quartet. Bill was awarded the Chesney Gold Medal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in 1991 for his services to military history. In 1993 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Cranfield University, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1997.