The day that angels saved the British Army.

Do you believe in angels?

Many of us do.

Here is one of my favorite stories about an experience with angels.

The German Army was on the offensive and advancing against the allied French and English armies.  

It was early in World War I, August 26, 1914, and there was a small British force fighting alongside the French army.  

During the battle, fought near Mons, Belgium, the French army retreated and the small British force was left to take on the brunt of the advancing German force.  

Note: Belgium, comparatively, is a little bigger than the state of Massachusetts.  Belgium is located directly across the English Channel from England, bordered to the south by France, and to the east by Germany.   

The odds were 4-to-1 against the British.  Although the British fought bravely, as they tried to retreat in the face of superior numbers, they finally reached the point where “the Germans were coming on in such overwhelming numbers that rifles and courage could not hold them off any longer.”  

Then, according to many witnesses who were actually participants in the battle, a miracle occurred.

The angels came.

There are numerous first-hand accounts of British soldiers who witnessed the events that day.

The so-called ‘Angels of Mons’ halt the German advance at Mons Belgium – the first engagement of World War One – Date: 23 August 1914

Some angels were described as a “shadowy army…of bowmen,” and other British soldiers witnessed “unearthly figures materialize…above the German lines that were winged like angels.”

There were other accounts that the angelic army was led by a “tall, yellow-haired man on a white horse, wearing golden armor and wielding a sword.” There were reports of hails of arrows being unleashed by the angelic bowmen which “cut down the enemy en masse.”  

“The Germans later found the bodies of hundreds of their men lying on the battlefield with no discernible wounds…” 

It was not only the common soldiers who saw the angels, but the officers as well.  

A British colonel is quoted as saying, “…the thing happened. You need not be incredulous. I saw it myself.”  Captain Hayward, an intelligence officer with the British Intelligence Corps, saw “four or five wonderful beings” and “figures of luminous beings.”

This event was widely-reported (and believed) in the British nations as many soldiers confirmed the angelic intervention.  Many articles and books have been written about the angelic intervention.

Could all of these English soldiers have been delusional?  

Could all of these English soldiers have been “seeing things?”  

There is no question the soldiers and officers who were there that day believed this event actually occurred.  

I am inclined to believe it occurred as well. 

Let me know what you think?  

Portions of my blog, here, were adapted from an April 2, 2009 article by Steve Collins, and from an article in a military history publication, Military Heritage, from the August, 2005 issue, from an article by Robert Barr Smith in the “Soldiers” feature of the magazine (pages 14-17, 76).

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Why the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” would be difficult to remake today.  

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is probably my favorite Christmas movie of all-time.

I feel that the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a story frozen in time, however.

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If the movie were to be remade today, I believe the basic concept of the movie could be redone, but the story itself, as we know it, would become almost unrecognizable.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” was made in 1945 and released in 1946.  In this movie we see George Bailey’s life from roughly World War I (1914-1918), George Bailey was born in 1907, through to the period just after the end of World War II (1945). Two world wars, an influenza epidemic, and a devastating economic depression…, it definitely wasn’t the easiest of times. George’s breakdown happens on Christmas Eve of 1945.

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We see how the Great Depression of 1929 causes a run on the banks and threatens the Building and Loan. During World War II, George acts as an air-raid warden and keeps serving the community, while his brother Harry becomes a Navy pilot.

An uplifting story like “It’s a Wonderful Life” was just the thing for the hearts of people who’d just been through difficult and trying times during World War II.

There aren’t many people still alive today who really know what “difficult and trying times” are!

Difficult and trying times these days equates to Donald Trump being elected, breaking your smart phone or your smartphone’s battery dying on you!

But I digress.

Firstly, it would be tough to remake “It’s a Wonderful Life” because there just isn’t another actor around like Jimmy Stewart anymore.

There wasn’t another Jimmy Stewart then and there isn’t one now.

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If I was forced to make a short list of actors who I thought could conceivably play the role of George Bailey, the list would include (not in any particular order):

John Krasinski

Robert Downey Jr.

Jim Carrey

Denzel Washington

and Tom Hanks


Second, a bank or a savings and loan just aren’t family type businesses anymore.  That whole storyline would have to change…, but change into what?  And that would take away to whole “run on the bank” part of the story away as well.  The closest thing I could imagine for a more current version of the story would be a stock market crash, or something along those lines.

Third, there aren’t any tollhouse keepers on bridges anymore, and in any case, 911 would have been called, the EMTs would have been there, and then it would have been off to the hospital.  End of story.

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Also, as far as George crashing his car into a tree after drowning his sorrows at Martini’s bar, he probably would have gotten a DUI ticket and taken into custody, thus ending the story as well.

In addition, a lot of the suspense in the story would be lost, as communications are just a lot better now.  There would be no telegrams, or the inability to get ahold of anyone.

Like I said at the top of the article, if “It’s a Wonderful Life” were to be remade today, “The basic concept of the movie could be redone, but the story itself, as we know it, would become almost unrecognizable.”

Please be my guest and view a related article about “It’s a Wonderful Life” at:

Or view the original movie trailer at:

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