The Angel of Mons: Phantom Soldiers and Ghostly Guardians

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The Angel of Mons recounts the tale of the advancement of German troops through Mons in 1914, to meet the ill-prepared British Expeditionary Force.  The British troops were forced to retreat, with little hope of saving the lives of those at the front.  It is in these extreme circumstances that many of the wounded and dying soldiers brought back from the Western Front, reported having been rescued by strange angelic forms in the sky that protected them from massacre - The Angel of Mons. 

David Clarke follows this and other myths and rumours in an effort to trace the reality behind the Angel of Mons and discover what it was the soldiers saw. 

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“an indispensable digest of original accounts and the routes whereby fiction and heresay crystallised into myth.” Fortean Times

“Well researched and authoritative...fascinating” Yorkshire Post

`The officer suddenly came up to us in a state of great anxiety and asked us if we had seen anything startling . .  he then pointed to the sky . . I could see quite clearly in mid-air a strange light . . . and I could distinctly see three shapes, the one in the centre having what looked like outspread wings.’ WWI veteran

Under the extreme circumstances of a vastly outnumbered and seemingly futile battle at Mons many of the wounded and dying soldiers were said to have seen strange angelic forms in the sky that protected them from slaughter. Since then The Angel of Mons has remained one of the best-known legends of twentieth century warfare, but the mystery remains. Did British soldiers really see angels, saints and bowmen leading them against the Germans? Or were the stories the result of hallucinations experienced by battle-weary men, carefully planted propaganda or simply the misinterpretation of a short story in a London evening newspaper? David Clarke, an expert in supernatural belief and folklore, examines the history of such wartime legends and explores the likely truth behind the myth.

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In August 1914, as the British Expeditionary Force marched through Belgium to meet up with French forces, they suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves confronted by the main thrust of the advancing German army. Although they were vastly outnumbered, this highly-trained force of army regulars held off the attack so effectively that the Germans remained unaware of the tiny size of the force that opposed them. It was in these extreme circumstances that the wounded and dying soldiers were said to have seen strange angelic forms in the sky that protected them from slaughter. In the years that followed, tales of 'angels at Mons' were widely reported in the press and quickly spread throughout the Empire. The story entered popular culture with amazing speed and lives on today in folklore and legend. Many veterans of the war and thousands on the Home Front continued to believe in the Angel of Mons for the rest of their lives.

In this fascinating investigation David Clarke examines the history of such wartime legends and explores the likely truth behind the myth.

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Descrizione libro John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Condizione libro: New. In 1914, outnumbered British troops in Mons, Belgium, faced annihilation at the hands of advancing German forces. With little chance of survival or escape, hope appeared lost. But many did survive, and many of those who made it claimed to have been saved by strange angelic forms in the sky. The legend of the Angel of Mons was born. Num Pages: 288 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DDB; 3JJF; HBJD; HBWN; JWLF; VXQ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 202 x 154 x 22. Weight in Grams: 328. . 2005. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . . Codice libro della libreria V9780470862780

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