The capture of Mons is the next World War One battle mentioned in Angel of Mercy.
Here are some facts about the battle.
When: November 11, 1918
Where: Mons, Belgium
Who: The nations involved were
What: The major events of the battle were
- The Canadian Corps was ordered to take the city of Mons, which had been under German occupation for the entire war.
- The village of Valenciennes had been taken on Nov. 9.
- The Canadians planned to take the city without destroying it; however, they were met with constant German machine gun fire.
- Within hours the city was liberated, and citizens poured out onto the streets to welcome their liberators.
- The city was captured on the same day as the Armistice. The majority of the fighting was over by the time the news reached the troops.
Why: The attack took place because
- Allied forces were pushing the German Army to defeat.
- The penultimate Allied soldier to die in the war was Canadian Private George Price. He was killed by a sniper at Mons two minutes before Armistice.
- Canadian casualties totaled 280.
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