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The Demon Saves The Day by 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…

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. Your browser does not support the audio element. …

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…

Ep. 211 - Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson – Dr John Spencer


Dr John Spencer talks about his recent work on the influence and career of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson during the Great War. This book is published by Helion and Co.

‘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…

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