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The Demon Saves the Day with Spencer Jones.


Charles FitzClarence VC and the Battle for Gheluvelt, October 1914. Brigadier-General Charles FitzClarence VC is the highest-ranking officer to be commemorated on the Menin Gate. A fearless soldier who had earned the nickname "The Demon" in the Boer War, he played a pivotal role in stemming the German tide at Gheluvelt during the First Battle of Y…

Ep. 47 – The Chinese Labour Corps – Dr Spencer Jones


Dr. Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton talks about the Chinese Labour Corps in the Great War.

A group of Chinese workers posing for the operator in their labour camp, Port Saïd, Egypt. 11 January 1918. Photograph taken by Paul Castelnau. A 15 852 CC BY-SA 4.0 >


Ep. 84 – The British Army on the Western Front in 1916 – Dr Spencer Jones


Scholar and author Dr Spencer Jones from the University of Wolverhampton talks about his new book, At All Costs, which looks at the British Army on the Western Front in 1916. This is published by Helion and Co.

From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914 by Spencer Jones


University of Oklahoma Press, 2012, £22.33, 314pp ISBN: 9–780–806–142–890  Paddy Griffiths said that from the second day of the Battle of the Somme the British Army went through the steepest learning curve of its entire existence. The same could have been said, during the Second Boer War, of the Battle of Paardeberg where, although eventually triu…

The First World War in 100 Objects by Gary Sheffield


The First World War in 100 Objects: The story of the Great War told through the objects that shaped it by Professor Gary Sheffield Hardback 256pp Approx: 500 words per object Andre Deutsch  September 2017  ISBN 9780233005232 In 2010 Neil MacGregor, then Director of the British Museum, brought to BBC Radio 4 his ground-breaking ‘A History of t…

ONLINE: Boer War to World War: Tactics and Training in the British Army 1902 - 1914


The presentation will be live and online. We are delighted to welcome back Dr Spencer Jones for another webinar, when he will look at the tactics of the British Army between the end of the Boer War and the start of the Great War. Rudyard Kipling reflected in his poem 'The Lesson' how the hard-fought Boer War (1899-1902) had provided 'no end of a …

Ep.202 - General Sir Cecil Pereira - Dr Spencer Jones


Dr Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, talks about the wartime letters of General Edward Pereira which he recently edited with Michael Locicero and Edward Pereria.

ONLINE: The Battle that Saved the BEF: Le Cateau, 26 August 1914 with Dr Spencer Jones


The presentation will be live and online.  We welcome back Dr Spencer Jones who will talk to us about one of the early battles of the First World War. The British Expeditionary Force faced disaster in August 1914. Driven from Belgium after the Battle of Mons, it found itself isolated from its French allies and closely pursued by numerically…

‘The Scum of the Earth’


In 1813 the Duke of Wellington, angered by incidents of looting amongst his army, wrote sourly: ‘We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.’ The words were harsh, but not altogether inaccurate, for the British Army had a long tradition of recruiting primarily amongst the poorest and most desperate of society. Above: The Duk…

ONLINE: The Demon Saves the Day: Charles FitzClarence VC and the First Battle of Ypres 1914 with Spencer Jones


The presentation will be live and online.  In October and November 1914 the British Expeditionary Force was locked in desperate combat at the First Battle of Ypres, proportionately the bloodiest battle fought by the BEF in the entire war. Individual officers played a crucial role in this inferno. This lecture by Dr Spencer Jones studies the c…

The President's Conference 2022: '1917: The Darkest Year?


The Western Front Association's 10th President's Conference Doors open at 9.00am for a start at 9.45am. It is expected the event will draw to a close at 4.30pm 1917: The Darkest Year?   'David Lloyd George and British Strategy 1917' with Dr. Spencer Jones  'British Monarchy in 1917' with Prof. Heather Jones 'Collective Training in 1917 'Mast…

The Helion & Co Great War Conference 2023


Helion & Co are delighted to announce their first dedicated Great War conference at the Birmingham & Midland Institute. An exciting line-up of speakers will examine a variety of aspects of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front 1914-18 with a stimulating range of papers. There will also be a book stand with an extensive sele…

ONLINE: 'The Royal Artillery's Blackest Day' by Dr Spencer Jones


Caption: German heavy artillery (courtesy: IWM) About the talk: The first great blow of the German Spring Offensive hit Fifth Army on 21 March 1918. It plunged the Royal Artillery into its costliest day of the entire First World War. Despite tireless planning and preparation, the gunners found themselves in a bitter fight that would test their met…

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