Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914

Event Details

Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914

Time: August 22, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Location: Belgium/France
City/Town: Mons
Phone: +44 7968 341 392
Event Type: campaign, experience/commemorative
Organized By: Stan Watts
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2014

Event Description

A commemoration of the 10 day retreat from Mons to the Marne, stopping in the same billet stops as the cavalry of 1914. The campaign will be a mounted event covering a total distance of 200 miles.

It is envisaged that the ride witll regard the country as hostile. As such, full patrols both reccon (aufklärungdienst) and security (sicherheitsdienst), will be deployed. This will mean that on some days the distances covered by these patrols could be more like 30 miles a day, with some patrols being atleast half a day ahead of the main body.

We are looking for Infantry, indeed all with an interest in the Great War, to take this as an opportunity to join in. There i also an imperative to attract those that want, to be ground crew, as the mounted element is only the tip the iceberg, which needs the rest to keep it afloat. Without full ground support, both in hostelry, support and sapping, the ride will not succeed.

Due to the rigours of march, it is not thought that horses will be hired but owned by the riders. This is due to the months of training required for both rider and mount before the event precluding both riders and mounts that have not been in such a training program.

Whilst there is no thought to do displays on the way (there will be enough to do), as the march will take place during the morning (ride out at 0800), there will be time for those that want to, to visit cemeteries, battle fields, points of interest or carry out public interaction including photo calls, during the afternoon on each day.

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Comment by corey clyne on July 14, 2013 at 22:35
I can do Infantry - German,French or British but I live in the states anyone have experiance with takeing a rifle over there or can I get one over there???
Comment by Graf Charles v. Young on June 8, 2013 at 20:12

Is it or isn't it on? Is there a Facebook page for it yet? If we are to do something like this, it will take some logistics. What plans have been made for it? Has anyone talked to Belgian or French tourism to seek help putting it on?

This is a great pipe-dream if nothing has been set up by the end of August of this year.

Comment by patrick knoops on June 8, 2013 at 18:22

hi stan...been awfylly qieut on the still pulling this one off...would love to hear news.

Comment by david siggers on May 14, 2012 at 18:15

Dear Stan ,

oops! my email is david.siggers @ vigin . net

Comment by david siggers on May 14, 2012 at 18:13

Dear Stan, very intrested in your proposal,may I be of assistance?


Dave Siggers

Comment by nigel bristow on March 5, 2012 at 16:37

Nothing i would like more than to have some envolment with the Gs Wagon and Tank Water Cart and our Infantry,

lot of Logistics but with right committee its possible to pull it off !

Comment by Graf Charles v. Young on August 13, 2011 at 1:36
Will there be horses for hire? It's hard to pack up one and store it in the overhead for a transAtlantic flight!
Comment by trevor gray on July 18, 2011 at 20:35
yer it  sounds intresting and qould posible attend im with the gordon highlanders 1914 1918 weprob would like to atten would like more info plz contact me on thanks
Comment by Stan Watts on November 22, 2009 at 19:02

The main thrust of this event is cavalry. Nonetheless, we are looking for infantry groups to hang their own event on this and to share their logistics. The route planned is that of Sally Holmes who was a staff officer with the cavalry. The overall route shows a walking way, but it is our intention to use French mounted guides to get us off metal roads.

This is the route a la google:,+Hainault,+Walloon+R... amp;sz=10&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10&dirflg=w&sll=49.146682,3.144836&sspn=0.545266,1.450195&ie=UTF8&ll=49.649848,3.496399&spn=1.079411,2.900391&t=h&z=9
Comment by Erik de Bruin on November 20, 2009 at 8:21
What do you got in mind for the infantry? Where do I fit in as a German infantry man? Is there some marching order known? Where to join, where to stay, Operations, logistics etc.

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