Making a miracle angel into a UFO doesn’t help with an explanation!

More baseless speculation of explaining an unknown with another unknown with this new idea about the most famous war-time vision in the sky story ever told.

“Angel” which saved British troops in WW1 “may have been UFO” – Yahoo News UK.

An ‘Angel’ which many British soldiers credited with saving their lives in one of the first, brutal battles of World War I may not have been sent from heaven after all – but from the stars.

UFO authors suspect that the famous “Angel of Mons” – described as either St George, St Michael, angels, or crowds of angelic warriors, may in fact have been extraterrestrial.

Many soldiers credited the strange apparitions with saving their lives – and it became a staple of parish magazines. The battle had been one of the first in which the British faced the Germans – and despite retreating, only 1,600 lives were lost.

Decades later, the story is still “swathed in controversy” according to Nigel Watson, author of the Haynes Manual for UFO Investigations, with some attributing the ‘Angel’ to a short story from the Evening Standard, others to British intelligence.

The story goes that during the first World War, when the outnumbered British Army first clashed with the advancing Germans at Mons in Belgium in August of 1914, some vision appeared in the sky (it’s debateable what it was because there are no first hand accounts), supposedly sent by God, that allowed the British to not be roundly trounced on that day. The battle was a key moment in the war, historians say. Was it a miracle?

There are many legends about ghostly armies being critical aid during battle. (Lord of the Rings comes to mind for most modern pop culture fans). There was heavy censorship during WWI and accounts were not quick to be heard by the public. The story of the Angel of Mons is traced to a short story published on 29 September 1914 by Welsh author Arthur Machen entitled “The Bowmen” in the London newspaper The Evening News. He was inspired by accounts he’d read of the fighting (of which there was no mention of supernatural help). It was his idea. However the story caught on so strongly that some readers thought it was true. Even returning soldiers said after the fact that they had seen the angel. But there is zero evidence that this story had any basis in truth. However, it remains today as some type of “true account” of a miracle.

So, to suggest it was a UFO is downright silly. This article goes on to say there is something to explain but there is probably NOTHING to explain regarding a vision in sky thus rendering any and all speculation moot. Go to the heart of the issue. Was there anything supernatural claim to begin with? No, it was fiction.

Why can’t good stories just live fine lives as good stories, not spinoff of nonsense passed off as plausible?


Dr David Clarke: The Angel of Mons.

The Angel of Mons | Articles | Features | Fortean Times UK.


  9 comments for “Making a miracle angel into a UFO doesn’t help with an explanation!

  1. May 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Or it could have been sneezed out of the nose of the Great Green Arkleseizure. We just have to keep an open mind on these things.

  2. Rich
    May 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    This is what Blake Smith meant when he talked about the ‘Whac-a-Mole’ phenomenon of para-whateverism. However sure you are the horse is dead, sooner or later up it comes again with someone aboard, flogging away.

    It’s done. There wasn’t anything there in the first place.

  3. Tim Danaher
    May 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    And how did this ‘angel’ actually ‘save’ the British troops? What is it supposed to have actually done?

  4. May 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    A bowman provided cover file for the B.E.F. The thing is “only” 1,600 casualties is misleading. In raw numbers for WWI it was tiny, but for the number of British Army troops it was terrible and shockingly sobering for the Army and the British public.

    Strangely, the German troops involved don’t speak of a paranormal bowman killing them enmass.

  5. May 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    My hypothesis about this is that it was probably some type of propaganda and was entirely made up inorder to improve morale and to make it appear to the British people that God was on the side of the Allies.

  6. eddi
    May 26, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    Here’s the primary source. Arthur Machen’s The Bowmen. Mr. Machen’s Introduction is most pertinent to the issue.

  7. Vin
    May 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    When Paris was being shelled with a Rail Gun specially made by Krupp, the Parisians thought the Germans had invisible sky ships (the thought that an artillery round could travel that far was incomprehensible…there was massive technological advancement around that time so I suppose it seemed that anything was possible)

  8. Bill T.
    May 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    But there is an actual illustration by an artist interpreting what the soldires aledgedly saw that clearly depicts it as an angel. Sheesh, some people.

  9. Bill T.
    May 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    OOps, hit “Post”, not “Enter”. Continued:

    I had much the same thought about being an out-and-out propaganda piece, on reading the story. I note that often much is made of the “outnumbered” defenders in such stories. It is well understood that to take a well-protected defensive postition held by soldiers with reasonable/good moral (which is boosted just by being in a well-protected state) that the attackers need a minimum of two-to-one majority.

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