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The men of II Corps were arriving in Le Cateau. They were tired, worn, and in generally low spirits. In just a few days, they had enlisted, travelled down from Bury to Southampton, sailed across to Boulogne, then marched two days towards Cambrai, where they would stand and fight. (8,000 casualties inflicted on British rear-guard at the Battle of Le Cateau on 26 Aug.)

The men of II Corps were arriving in Le Cateau. They were tired, worn, and in generally low spirits. In just a few days, they had enlisted, travelled down from Bury to Southampton, sailed across to Boulogne, then marched two days towards Cambrai, where they would stand and fight. (8,000 casualties inflicted on British rear-guard at the Battle of Le Cateau on 26 Aug.)

the sheer numbers and German soilders lead the British to defeat. The first German soldiers crossed the canal at about 10.30 a.m. and some British units were forced to withdraw from their original positions. By mid-afternoon, German troops had begun to slowly cross the canal in force and a general British retreat was underway. By nightfall, most British soldiers had retired from the battlefield. Over the next two weeks the BEF marched from Mons to Paris, being perused from German troops.

the sheer numbers and German soilders lead the British to defeat. The first German soldiers crossed the canal at about 10.30 a.m. and some British units were forced to withdraw from their original positions. By mid-afternoon, German troops had begun to slowly cross the canal in force and a general British retreat was underway. By nightfall, most British soldiers had retired from the battlefield. Over the next two weeks the BEF marched from Mons to Paris, being perused from German troops.

The battle of Mons was a  success for the BEF in that, although they were defeated in the end, the managed to hold off the German army who vastly outnumbered them successfully for a long time. The problem that the BEF had was that the German army was lager and therefore could afford to loose more life's than the British could.

The battle of Mons was a success for the BEF in that, although they were defeated in the end, the managed to hold off the German army who vastly outnumbered them successfully for a long time. The problem that the BEF had was that the German army was lager and therefore could afford to loose more life's than the British could.

Battery of British Royal Field Artillery 18 pounder field guns moving up during the Battle of Le Cateau, 1914. The Battle was fought on 26 August, after the British and French retreated from the  Battle of Mons and had set up defensive positions in a fighting withdrawal against German advance at Le Cateau-Cambresis.

Battery of British Royal Field Artillery 18 pounder field guns moving up during the Battle of Le Cateau, 1914. The Battle was fought on 26 August, after the British and French retreated from the Battle of Mons and had set up defensive positions in a fighting withdrawal against German advance at Le Cateau-Cambresis.

The Retreat from Mons - Men of the 1st Cameronians halted at a farm - 24 August 1914

The Retreat from Mons - Men of the 1st Cameronians halted at a farm - 24 August 1914

By Christina Bloom. The 1st Life Guards prepare to leave Hyde Park Barracks and head to war, on 15 August 1914. They were destined for the Battle of Mons.

By Christina Bloom. The 1st Life Guards prepare to leave Hyde Park Barracks and head to war, on 15 August 1914. They were destined for the Battle of Mons.

1st Cameronians digging potatoes from a field on the edge of which their trench was conveniently situated. 20th November 1914, Houplines Sector.

1st Cameronians digging potatoes from a field on the edge of which their trench was conveniently situated. 20th November 1914, Houplines Sector.

Rest on the retreat from Mons. 11 am 25 August, 1914, and the men of the 1st Battalion Cameronians have been walking since 3 am when they left Mons. A German plane had been observing them since daylight and an officer is now watching it observe their rest.

Rest on the retreat from Mons. 11 am 25 August, 1914, and the men of the 1st Battalion Cameronians have been walking since 3 am when they left Mons. A German plane had been observing them since daylight and an officer is now watching it observe their rest.

First Battle of the Aisne (September 1914) 1st West Yorkshire Regiment in action on the Aisne.

First Battle of the Aisne (September 1914) 1st West Yorkshire Regiment in action on the Aisne.

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