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Liberation of Mons, 11 November 1918

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On 10 November, during the night, the 19th battalion occupies Hyon, but German resistance holds out until 3:15 am at Bois-la-haut. The honour of entering the city comes to the 7th Brigade (Brig.-Gen. J.A. Clark). It is approximately 11 pm, when platoons of the 42nd battalion enter Mons and begin to liberate the East of the city, while a company of the 42nd and a company of the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) enter the city from the North. Finally, a third infiltration is accomplished by a company of the RCR at the Northwest end of Mons. More to the North, the Battalion had cleaned Ghlin, crossed the canal and seized Nimy and Petit-Nimy.

 

On 11 November from 5 am the first officers of the Canadian corps signed the Gold Book of the city, including Lieutenant W.M. King of the Royal Canadian Regiment, Lieutenant L.H. Biggar of the 42nd battalion and Major C.G. Blackstock of the 3rd Division.

 

At the dawn of 11 November, the troops of the two battalions of the 7th Brigade had liberated Mons. At 6:30 am, a telegram is received at the headquarters of General CURRIE, indicating that the hostilities will cease at 11 am. The pursuit of German troops still continues however, winning a line of 8 kilometres north-east of the city. In the sector of the 3rd Division, the 5th Royal Irish Lancers reached Saint- Denis and to the right, the infantry of the 2nd Division entered Havré and cleared the bois du Rapois.

 

Around 7:00 am, the pipers of the 42nd Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada entered the city to the sound of music.

 

The overall losses of the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Divisions for 10 and 11 November amounted to 18 officers and 262 men killed, wounded or missing.

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

Wonderful production (yet again!).

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ejwalshe

Thanks for watching!   @Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

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593jones

Excellent work, some fascinating pictures there.  Just a point, the aircraft captioned as a Fokker D.VII at 6.25 is actually a Junkers J.I, the corrugated skin is clearly visible in the pictures.

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ejwalshe

@593jones  Thanks for that - these annotations have many errors (both the IWM and MIKAN photo collections).

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ejwalshe

If you thought that was good, you must watch this....almost nothing but film from 11 & 15 November in Grand Place.

 

Just published a few hours ago in Belgium...

 

https://www.telemb.be/article/quartiers-dhistoires-images-inedites-de-la-liberation-mons-en-1918?fbclid=IwAR3CrGPrvxm8-XJ6YvjmbbQ6Fk6UrRCIVZoKDKYVAEGni88MsTHFGEzAgGo

 

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