1914-1918 Battlefield Route in Mons
- Departing from
Office du Tourisme de Mons
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Set off to discover the Battle of Mons and its commemoration sites.
Mons and it's nearby surrounding area witnessed ferocious combat on the 22, 23 and 24 August 1914, as British troops confronted German forces.
Numerous monuments and commemorative plaques ensure the remembrance of the thousands of soldiers who fell during these cruel days of the summer of 1914.
The Mons Tourist Office has organised a route that sets off from the Grand-Place and allows you to visit this battle's strategic sites.
What's in store for your visit
The car bridge, the rail bridge, Obourg station, Gendebien castle, the Bois-la-haut, the Bascule, the Irish monument, the Mons cemetery and finally the Saint-Symphorien cemetery where German and British soldiers have been laid to rest side by side.
All of these places and facts about the battle are presented in the Battlefield guide brochure available free to download on the website or at the Mons tourist office. With it you can visit the route at your own pace with your own car.
You can also book group visits at the tourist office.
The legend of the Angels of Mons
You haven't yet heard of this wonderful legend? What happened on the night of 23 August 1914?
The legend says that angels with bows and arrows descended from the heavens and forced the German forces to retreat, thus protecting the allied British forces from annihilation at a crucial moment in the battle.
An extraordinary event or merely a hallucination? The story was published a few weeks later in the British press, starting a wave of interest within the british public's hearts which has lasted to this day.
The legend took various forms in different reports.
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