The Legend that Sustained the British Home Front in World War One

The one hundredth anniversary of the appearance of St. George on the battlefield at Mons, Belgium in the first encounter between the British and the Germans, and his saving the British army from annihilation will be commemorated on August 23 with official ceremonies. As poet and social historian, I  magnify the legend in The Angel of Mons: A World War I Legend, (Singing Bone Press, $19.95) making it a tale of awe and mystery. Sarah and I attend the ceremonies in Mons on the 23rd. Two days later we will attend ceremonies in Le Cateau, France, the second battle between the British and the Germans. The survival of the British was a military miracle. In the novel, this is accounted for again by St. George’s aid.

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