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Title
 Sanatorium Furiosum
Description
Field Marshal Sir John French had courageously agreed to hold the canal line for twenty four hours while the French 5 Armée reorganised its line; the time was nearly up. 3rd Division's 8th Brigade had withdrawn from Mons into the …
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Date
1914-08-23
Scenario#
20
Scenario Description
Field Marshal Sir John French had courageously agreed to hold the canal line for twenty four hours while the French 5 Armée reorganised its line; the time was nearly up. 3rd Division's 8th Brigade had withdrawn from Mons into the preprepared second line defences. 7th Brigade so far uninvolved in the battles lay in and around Ciply, on the left of the 8th. The three remaining battalions of 9th Brigade, 2/ RS, 1/ Lincoln and 1/ N F, the last to withdraw from the canal line, were in the process of going into positions on the left of the 7th. The fourth battalion in the brigade, 4R/ F, was near Ciply but already badly hurt in the fighting that day and would take no further part in the fighting around Mons. At 11 am 4/Middlesex's line had not been broken, but it had been squeezed back. It was now well south of the canal, surrounding the communal cemetery and the sanatorium which was the battalion HQ position.
Location
Mons , Belgium
Battle Name
Battle Narrative
The Battle of Mons was the first major action of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the First World War. It was a subsidiary action of the Battle of the Frontiers, in which the Allies clashed with Germany on the French borders. At Mons, the British Army attempted to hold the line of the Mons–Condé Canal against the advancing German 1st 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, which exposed the British right flank. Though initially planned as a simple tactical withdrawal and executed in good order, the British retreat from Mons lasted for two weeks and took the BEF to the outskirts of Paris before it counter-attacked in concert with the French, at the Battle of the Marne.
Narrative Source
Wikipedia: Battle of Mons
Combatants
German
French

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