That Retreat From Mons Was One Test Of Endurance

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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The early battles in France were fought in open country. Jack Campbell describes the retreat from Mons.

  • Title
    The Old Contemptible
  • 1st Broadcast
    04/09/1993
  • Contributor
    Myles Dungan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:13
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Another Terrible Beauty
  • Clip title
    That Retreat From Mons Was One Test Of Endurance
  • Extended description

    Jack Campbell describes the fighting which took place in open country during the early days fo the war.

    Retreating from Mons became a test of endurance as the men were given ten minutes rest every hour. What rest was given during the night depeneded on how near the advancing German army was.  After a few days marching the men began to have hallucinations because of the lack of rest.

  • Information

    In the series 'Another Terrible Beauty' seventy five years after the Armistice Myles Dungan looked at the Irish role in the First World War.

    The extract here is from the first episode in the series 'The Old Contemptible' and was broadcast 4 September 1993. 

    The image accompanying this clip shows Jack Campbell appearing on 'The Late Late Show' on 11 November 1988.

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Jack Campbell,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Mons, Belgium, France
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1993
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA5423
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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