Cove Talks

Military history and pre-emptive adaptation

By The Cove June 29, 2020

In the CoveTalk for July 2018, Dr Spencer Jones discusses examples in military history that have caused armies to adapt and improvise. He also suggests ways we can encourage pre-emptive adaptation and innovation without suffering defeat and loss.

As with all Cove Talks, the central presentation is followed by a question/answer discussion session. As time was limited on the day, Dr Jones is happy to answer further questions via email: spencer.jones [at]


About the presenter: Dr Spencer Jones is currently 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 Stemming
 the 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 was shortlisted for the British Army Book of the Year Award 1916. Dr Jones was also a guest speaker at the Chief of Army History Conference in Canberra, 2017.



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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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