The Angel of Mons

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750 monsTo a sixteen-year-old boy growing up in early 20th century Britain, the First World War seemed like a great adventure. But nothing could have prepared Adam for what was to come. As a member of the Labour Corps, a group of mainly poorly educated individuals, he had to carry out some of the most disgusting tasks amid the death and carnage occurring every day on the front line. His dreams, and those of his comrades, were shattered by the appalling conditions in which men had to fight, outbreaks of disease, executions, and all the other horrors of war.

But this is not just the story of how one person went to war as a boy and came back a man. It also concerns the now-legendary appearance of angels above a battlefield near the Belgian town of Mons. Soldiers on both sides of the conflict were reliably reported to have witnessed a vision of angels appearing from a cloud, perhaps in an attempt to stop the slaughter. Were they really angels, or just an apparition experienced through a haze of battlefield smoke and morning mist by wounded and dying soldiers out of their minds with pain and terror?

A unique work of fact-based fiction , The Angels of Mons offers a fascinating insight into the work of the unsung heroes of the Great War – the laborers, stretcher-bearers, ambulance drivers and others who risked their lives supporting the front line soldiers.

 

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