Biography and Contact Information
Dr. Spencer Jones is an award-winning historian and author. He is Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and serves as the Regimental Historian for the Royal Regiment of Artillery.
His key works include From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902 – 1914 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) and the edited collection Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Helion & Co., 2013), which was runner-up for the Templer Medal in 2014.
He has published several critically acclaimed books on the British Army in the First World War including Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 (Helion & Co., 2015), At All Costs: The British Army on the Western Front 1916 and The Darkest Year: The British Army on the Western Front 1917.
His most recent volume is The Armchair General World War One: Can You Win The Great War?
In 2018 he was made a Haig Fellow by the Douglas Haig Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the field of First World War studies.
Spencer is the co-host of the popular First World War podcast series Not So Quiet on the Western Front as well as being a regular contributor to the general military history podcast series Military History Plus.
He has also appeared on a number of television programmes including The One Show, Who Do You Think You Are and The Quizeum as well as the major Channel 4 documentary Britain’s Forgotten Army and the Yesterday series The Great War in Numbers.
Books Written or Edited by Dr. Spencer Jones
A series of YouTube video lectures.
the Boer War
How the lessons learned in the Boer War (1899 – 1902) made the British Army a formidable force in 1914.
A BLACK WEEK FOR
THE BRITISH ARMY
The story of how the British Army suffered a trio of bloody defeats in ‘Black Week’ in South Africa in 1899.
THE BATTLE THAT
SAVED THE BEF
THE BATTLE FOR FRANCE
SCORCHED EARTH &
METHODS OF BARBARISM
The Boer War 1899-1902 would become infamous for the British use of concentration camps. This lecture examines this brutal aspect of the war.
What were the strengths and weaknesses of the British Army on the eve of the First World War?
in the BEF
How did the British Army maintain command and control during the chaos of battle in 1914?
How did Prime Minister David Lloyd George reshape British strategy in WW1?
A selection of academic blogs by Dr. Spencer Jones
In October 1914 the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was locked into a battle for survival. Fighting alongside her French and Belgian allies, the British Army sought to hold off a massive German offensive that aimed to capture the last sliver of… READ MORE »
At the beginning of 1915 Great Britain found herself locked into a major European war for the first time in over a century. This was a situation for which the country was not strategically, militarily, economically or psychologically prepared… READ MORE »