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Caterpillar Mine crater within Battle Wood next to Hill 60. This was blown by the British under the German lines on 7th June 1917 as part of the attack on Messines Ridge. It contains over 60 feet (20 metres) of water and is the grave of at least 600 Germans
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WWI: Battle Of Mons
23rd August 1914
The Battle of Mons was the first major action of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the First World War. The British army attempted to hold the line of the Mons-Condé Canal against the advancing German First Army.
Although the British fought well and inflicted disproportionate casualties on the numerically-superior Germans, they were eventually forced to retreat due both to the greater strength of the Germans and the sudden retreat of the French Fifth Army.
(Paperback - 224 pages)
by John Terraine
The Battle of Mons takes its place in the history of the British army beside Corunna and Dunkirk. Initially, all three were defeats, saved from disaster by the courage of the soldiers and the skill of some of the commanders, and paving the way to great feats of arms and…
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