Oxfordshire has been involved with warfare throughout its history, ranging from Dark Age conflicts and the Viking Wars of the ninth and tenth centuries, to the cataclysmic conflicts of the twentieth century. With the notable exception of the first Civil War, few battles have been fought on its soil, but Oxfordshire people have participated in military activities in all parts of the world, the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry having served around the globe. Oxfordshire At War Through Time follows the story of the county and its conflicts from the Roman period until the Second World War, with particular emphasis on the Civil War, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the First World War and the Second World War.
Stanley C. Jenkins, who was educated at Witney Grammar School, the University of Lancaster and the University of Leicester, has written over 20 books and some 750 articles on local, transport and regional history. Having worked as an English Language teacher at Oxford Air Training School for several years, he returned to Leicester University to retrain as a museum curator in 1986, and was subsequently employed by English Heritage as the Regional Curator for South Western England. He is Curatorial Advisor to the Witney & District Museum, and is also working as a curator for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust, which is at present building a military museum at Woodstock.