Angels of Mons : allegedly began
their existence in a book entitled "The Bowmen". This was
a totally fictional story that was written by Arthur Madchen and it
appeared in London's Evening Standard. The theme of the story was
how through some miracle an outnumbered British Expeditionary Force was
rescued while retreating to the Belgian town of Mons in the First World
War. the story goes that the troops were rescued from the oncoming
German army by a 'heavenly host of Agincourt Bowmen led by St. George, who
confronted the Germans and sent them fleeing in terror.'
This story may have remained just that - a story, but soon afterwards
newspaper reports were full of reports of British soldiers eager to corroborate
the story. They were stating that the incident actually
happened. The author subsequently attempted to convince the men that
it was in fact only a story.
Eventually the reports were dismissed as pure fantasy, although the
publicity surrounding the book 'The Bowmen' helped it on it's way to
becoming a best seller. 'The Angels of Mons' affair was soon
discounted until in 1990 in the booklet 'Bowmen and Angels' Kevin McClure
revealed that there was more evidence worthy of investigation.
further examination of the material revealed two distinct camps those
stories about Bowmen which could be linked to the story, and those about
angels which distinctly precede it.
McClure also discovered reports from French soldiers who claimed that Joan
of Arc and St. Michael materialized before them thus aiding their escape
from German troops.
Furthermore, both British and French troops spoke of a mysterious figure
in white dubbed 'the comrade in white'. This figure believed to be
Jesus was said to be shielding the men from close range bullets and
healing the sick.
The conclusion drawn by McClure was that the 'Angels of Mon's' affair was
after all a genuine mystery.