The battle of Mons was the first
major battle fought by the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The
BEF had advanced along a 20 mile front along the Mons canal, and were on there
left flank of the French 5th army. But when the French army had been
defeated at the Battle of the Sambre on the 22nd August . The British
commander Sir John French agreed to hold his position until the morning of
the 23rd. the BEF were attacked by the German first Army
. The German infantry advance was repelled by the British infantry.
and sustained very large losses and th4e British lost 1600 killed or
wounded. But with the French forces retreating the British forces
had no alternative but to retreat also. and on the morning of the 24th
August they began retreating to the outskirts of Paris over a fourteen day
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Line of Fire - Mons
The small British Expeditionary Force, moving up into Belgium on the left flank of the French 5th Army, met with the full weight of the German 1st Army advancing towards Paris under the Schlieffen Plan. A short but intense fire fight - where the British caused heavy casualties to the thick masses of enemy infantry - was followed by a British withdrawal out of the canal salient. This manoeuvre was made more urgent by news that the French Army on the right flank was in retreat.
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How Lance Corporal C. A. Jarvis Blew Up The Bridge At Jemappes.
The duties of the Engineers are more manifold than those of any other part of the forces, and include making roads, bridges and railways, working telegraphs telephones, balloons, preparing camps, water supply, field work for attacking or defence, and for the demolition of those of the enemy. In the present war the Royal Engineers have nobly lived (and died) up to their great traditions, and several of their number have already won the V.C. by daring deeds, one of which is here illustrated. Lance Corporal Jarvis, of the 57th Field Company, royal Engineers, won his V.C. for great gallantry at Jemappes, which is three miles west of Mons, on the 23rd of August 1914. He worked for three and a half hours under a most deadly fire in full view of the enemy, and eventually was successful in laying a fire charge for the demolition of a bridge.
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|PRINT|| First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown. |
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