Angel of Mons: Phantom Soldiers and Ghostly Guardians

Angel of Mons: Phantom Soldiers and Ghostly Guardians

by David Clarke
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"South Yorkshire ghohstbuster David Clarke has released his latest book about spooky angel soldiers..." (Star (Barnsley), 7 May 2004)

"...an indispensable digest of original accounts...intelligent, original look at Mons's angelic hosts..." (Fortean Times, August 2004)

"...a fine book...a fascinating exposure of the lines between fact and myth..." (Yorkshire Post, 19th June 2004)

"...one fascinating example of how rumour can spread..." (Manchester Evening News, Sat 24th July 04)

"...a rich, fascinating account of myth, propaganda and big shining angels..." (The Crack, September 04)

"...A beautifully produced book, lucidly written, and with fascinating illustrations...highly recommended" (Shooters Journal)

"...the best work to date...a splendid example of folk-lore..." (Northern Earth)

"...establishes beyond doubt that the 'Angel of Mons' is a 22 carat, solid gold myth..." (The Northern Echo, 9th August 2005)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470862773
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/14/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

David Clarke is an acknowledged expert on supernatural beliefs of twentieth-century war. He has written seven books on strange phenomena and UFOs and has been an advisor on this subject to both print and broadcast media. He teaches on traditions of supernatural belief at the Centre for English Folklore Studies at the University of Sheffield.

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