The British came to France to help their allies against the German invasion. After landing at the channel ports they march to Mons in Belgium where they will get their first taste of combat. The little British force, given the uninspiring name of British Expeditionary Force, is about to run into the full force of the German First Army.
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Battle of Mons by John Fawkes from BritishBattles.com
Battle of Le Cateau by John Fawkes from BritishBattles.com
British Soldiers on the March August 1914