The Royal Horse Guards Retreat from Mons, 1914

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The Retreat from Mons was the long, fighting retreat by Allied forces to the River Marne, on the Western Front in the First World War after their holding action against the Imperial German Armies at the Battle of Mons on 23rd August 1914. They were closely pursued by the Germans as they retreated to the town of Le Cateau where they set up defensive positions. Four British divisions were attacked by six German. Both British flanks began to break and the order to withdraw was given. The retreat continued south with a number of small but vigorous holding actions by the British rearguard. With retreat all along the line, the commander-in-chief of the French forces, Joseph Joffre, held off the German advance by counterattacking with his Fifth Army at St Quentin.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea



The Royal Horse Guards Retreat from Mons, 1914




oil on canvas


H 60 x W 94 cm

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