Sunday, August 24, 2014
Local children lie in the grass as they watch historical society members fire five volleys of a cannon at the inauguration ceremony of a monument to honor members of the British Cheshire Regiment and other soldiers who died fighting the German Army exactly 100 years before at the same site during World War I on August 24, 2014 in Audregnies, Belgium. Of the 25 officers and 925 men of the 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment who fought that day on August 24, 1914, only a total of 207 would survive after two messengers with instructions for the unit to retreat failed to make it through. The battle came on the heals of the Battle of Mons the day before, which was the first major engagement between British and German forces in the war. The British, French and Belgian armies were forced to continue their retreat until weeks later, when only a short distance from Paris they managed to reverse the tide of the war and push the Germans back north.
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