Chief of Army History Conference 2017 - Dr Spencer Jones

By Spencer Jones May 16, 2019


Welcome to our highly anticipated ‘Chief of Army History Conference 2017’ series of videos.  The conference was held in Canberra on 19-20 October 2017, and was sponsored by the Army History Unit. Now in its 24th year, the conference saw some of the world’s most prestigious military historians presenting on the theme  The Skill of Adaptability: The Learning Curve in Combat.’ Topics ranged from the Boer War through to modern conflicts such as the War in Afghanistan.

We hope you enjoy the presentations which the speakers have generously agreed to share with us.  The presentations represent the speakers personal views and are not the official view of the Australian Army or any other organisation. This presentation on ‘The crucible of war: the adaption and development of the British Army on the Western Front 1915’ is delivered by Dr Spencer Jones.



Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones currently is a Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He is also the Regimental Historian for the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Dr Jones’ key works include the award-nominated From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902 - 1914 and the edited collection Stemmingthe Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 which was runner-up for the 2013 Templer Medal. His most recent work, Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 has been shortlisted for the British Army Book of the Year Award.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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