The Battle of Mons is an iconic engagement of the Great War when soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) fired the opening shots in the west for the British Army. This 90 minute film follows the story of Mons from the mobilisation of the BEF in August 1914, to the first casualties, to the area where the fighting around Mons took place. Much of the filming is on-site in Belgium, seeing the famous locations from 1914 as they are today, interspersed with contemporary footage and interviews with experts....Some interviewees like Paul Oldfield, Mike Peters and Ed Church do bring some of the stories to life and talk in terms most people can understand, and do it well...it does a good job in telling the Mons story and the 90 minutes are entertaining and interesting, covering some lesser known stories as well as the famous ones
Giving an insight into the often daunting task of tracing an ancestor who fought during the Great War, military historians Tim Saunders and Richard Hone delve into the resources available. It follows Richard's search for the story of his great uncle, William Pye, who died just weeks before the Armistice. They uncover his movements, orders of battle and final resting place at Tyne Cott cemetary.
Best of British Mag May 2010