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WW1 Battlefield Tours | Visit the Mons and Le Cateau Battles of the Great War 1914 - 1918 on a guided tour with CGT Battlefield Tours

Mons and Le Cateau

The Great War 1914-18


On the 4th August 1914 Germany declared war on Belgium and in response Britain declared war against Germany in support of its Belgian ally. The British army mobilised and on the 9th August, 80,000 men under the command of Sir John French, landed in France. This was the first element of the British Expeditionary Force and by the 20th August they had moved forward to take up position at Maubeuge on the Sambre River. Further troops allowed the defence lines to extend to Mons in the north. The Germans believed they would 'walk over the contemptible little army', despite its size, the BEF would ultimately prove itself to be a resilient adversary. Indeed, from the German remark the British troops termed themselves 'The Old Contemptibles'.

The 23rd August saw the Germans attack with such strength and speed that the British troops were forced to withdraw and conduct a fighting retreat. What happened over the next few days became known as 'the Great Retreat'. The fighting was fierce, with battles being fought at Mons, Le Cateau and many other locations. During the course of this fighting eleven Victoria Crosses were won for great heroism. The BEF may not have been able to stop the German army completely, but it did dent the attack, which prevented the Germans from completing the plan of encircling the Allies in a vast sweeping action as projected in the already flawed, 'Schlieffen' Plan.

Finally, on the 5th September the Allied retreat slowed and positions were consolidated, which in some places were only 12 miles outside of Paris. Losses were great on all sides, in the five days following, for example, the French army suffered around 80,000 casualties. It was a sign of the greater destruction that lay ahead over the next four years. The British army had not faced a western European army in battle for 100 years and it had much to learn when it came to fighting a modern, well-equipped force such as the German army.

This tour will visit the points where the armies clashed and made the Germans realise the war would not be over quickly. One of the sites to be visited is Audregnies, where the British Cavalry charged the German guns and Captain Grenfell of the 9th Lancers won his Victoria Cross. As we journey along the historic routes the intricacies of logistics, which allows an army to be put into the field and supplied, will be explained. The weapons, tactics and plans will be discussed and how the final outcome of the 'Race to the Sea', as each side tried to out-manoeuvre the other, resulted in trench warfare. The lines of these trenches would eventually stretch for almost 400 miles, from the Swiss border northwards to the coast. The events behind the awarding of the Victoria Crosses will be revealed and the cost to the armies, as they clashed in the first weeks of a war which would tear into Europe.



CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II in Belgium, France and Holland.

Battlefield Tours

CGT Battlefields is a specialist tour operator, our tours cover World War I and World War II battlefields across Europe providing inspirational tours to the sites of The Great War and Second World War.

Visiting the battlefields from any conflict, is a truly captivating and moving experience, though some of the battlefields are nearly 100 years old, the soldiers who fought here had similar backgrounds, dreams and hopes as many of us. A Battlefield Tour allows you to understand these events, remember the sacrifices made and recognise how these shaped the world we see today.





World War 1 and World War 2 Battlefield Tours and Holidays for Groups

CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing guided inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II in Belgium, France and Holland.

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Contact CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing inspirational tours to the battlefield sites of World War I and II.


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WW1 - WW2 Holidays for Groups

WW1 - WW2 Holidays for Groups

CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II in Belgium, France and Holland.

Customised World War 1 and 2 Battlefield Tours

Looking to visit some of the battlefields of the Great War and WW2? CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, can arrange the perfect trip.

Ypres Flanders Battlefield Tours

Ypres Flanders Battlefield Tours

Visit the Ypres Battlefield in Flanders. One of The Great War 1914 - 1918 battlefield tours offered by CGT, the specialist WW1 / WW2 group travel operator.

Arnhem Battlefield Tours

Arnhem Battlefield Tours

Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in WW2 could have shortened the war quite considerably, but for some bad luck. See the battlefield for yourself.

DDay Battlefield Tours | Normandy

Visit the DDay Battlefields in Normandy and see first hand where the bridgeheads were established. One of the Inspirational tours from CGT Battlefields.

DDay Battlefield Tours | Normandy

Somme Battlefield Tour

Visit the Somme Battlefield of the Great War 1914 - 1918 on a guided tour with CGT Battlefield Tours. Inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II.

Cost Effective WW1, WW2 Battlefield Tours

Cost Effective WW1, WW2 Battlefield Tours

CGT Battlefield Tours, offers hotel accommodation to suit your groups holiday budget. We have negotiated special rates at all ideally suited locations.

Booking a World War 1, WW2  Battlefield Tours

Booking a World War 1, WW2 Battlefield Tours

Book your Battlefield Tours with CGT, a specialist group travel operator, providing guided, informative and inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II.

Battlefield Tours for Clubs

Battlefield Tours for Clubs

Run a War gaming Club, or other Social Group / Association? CGT Battlefield Tours can provide an informative, inspirational, tours to the sites of World War I and II.


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What do our clients say?

World War 2 Battlefield Tour

"The tour was great and the guide was excellent. I had no problems at any stage, the coach company was excellent and helpful as were the staff at the hotel so I really can't fault it. Your own organisation was also faultless and hassle free. I will certainly pass on your details to friends at other establishments"

Mr C. - Normandy Tour




World War 2 Battlefield Tour

"Be grateful if you could pass on my thanks to Amport & District Coaches for Tony last weekend. not only is he an excellent driver he knows the area well and probably what was most important was that he had an excellent rapport with teachers and pupils."

Mr P. - Normandy Tour





World War 1 Battlefield Tour

"Zoi and her team were extremely helpful with the booking of hotels and transport. Their very helpful and experienced staff minimalized the hassle, particularly when we made last minute changes. I would be very happy to deal with the company again"

Mr R. Ypres Tour




World War 1 Battlefield Tour

"From the outset all of my cares and concerns were taken care of. In all we had a fantastic three days and ultimately this must be down to Zoi Pearce and the team"

Ms H. The Somme and Ypres Tour




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Contact:

CGT Battlefields Ltd
CGT House
6 Avon Road
Charfield
Gloucestershire
GL12 8TT


E: info@cgtbattlefields.co.uk

T: 01454 269764

M: 07542 788905


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