We're rapidly approaching the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and right on its heels is the centennial of the Battle of Mons. One of the Battles of the Frontier, the Battle of Mons saw Great Britain fighting for the first time during the war. German forces ultimately forced the British to withdraw - and in the weeks and months following the battle, stories spread that angels had protected the British Expeditionary Force from compete annihilation as they did.
Our listener mail is from Arthur, about some of the events that followed the Treaty of Waitangi (and went against its spirit).
For more knowledge: How Urban Legends Work
Episode link: The Battle of Mons and the Angels That Followed
- Mons Regional Tourist Office. "The Legend of the Guardian Angels of Mons." http://www.visitmons.be/en/discover/mons-14-18/item/170061-les-anges-de-mons
- Abe Books. "Angels of Mons: Arthur Machen's Accidental Hoax." http://www.abebooks.com/books/gothic-horror-non-fiction-angels-mons/arthur-machen.shtml
- Clarke, David. "Rumours of Angels: A Legend of the First World War." Folklore. Vol. 113. 2002.
- Clarke, David. "The Angel of Mons." Fortean Times. 5/2003. http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/213/the_angel_of_mons.html
- History. "This Day in History: August 23, The Battle of Mons." http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-mons
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