In June 1916 the Russian Imperial Army launched its last great offensive. Named after its architect, General Alexei Brusilov, the opening attack shattered the Austro-Hungarian lines and precipitated the greatest crisis faced by the Central Powers on the Eastern Front. Yet it ultimately degenerated into remorseless attritional fighting that raged unabated until September. The campaign was one of the bloodiest of the First World War and had profound strategic effects for both sides. Spencer's talk explores this oft-mentioned but poorly understood battle, examining its conception, course and consequences.
Dr Spencer Jones is Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written widely on the British Army and the First World War. His most recent book was the edited collection Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 which was shortlisted for the British Army Book of the Year award.