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The Battle of Mons and the Glorious Retreat

The Battle of Mons was the first battle between the British and German forces on the western front. The battle was strategically important, but in the end the British troops had to retreat towards France, to keep up with the French armies. The Glorious Retreat tells you the story of many brave men.


Leaving from the city centre of Ypres, we drive to Casteau where we can see the Memorial for the first British battle of the Great War. At the Nimy bridge Maurice Dease earned his VC, the first to be granted to an Irishman. At Obourg station we visit the memorial to the Middlesex Regiment and a bit further on is the memorial site for the last Canadian KIA of the Great War: George Price. Via La Bascule - with the Monument to the First and The Last Battle of the great War - we reach the military cemetery of St Symphorien, where both German and British soldiers lie buried.

From Mons we trace the steps of the British 2nd Corps and make a stand at Le Cateau, where we visit the International Cemetery and the Suffolk Memorial. From Le Cateau we continue towards Ors and Landrecies. At Etreux we visit the memorial to the British 1st Division and the Etreux British Cemetery.

This tour finishes with the Battle of Guise. At Flavigny-le-Petit we visit the International military cemetery La Désolation and at St Quentin we stop at the Monument du Souvenir. From St Quentin we drive back to the Ypres region.


> 5 hour tour (only Mons): € 75 p.p.

> 9 hour tour (full itinerary): € 135 p.p.

No entrance fees included in this tour.


Ideally the tour starts from Ypres at either 9 am or 1.30 pm. Other departure places are also possible but might shorten the tour, depending on the time needed to get to the battlefield sites.

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