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The II Corps, on the left of the British line, occupied defensive positions along the Mons–Condé Canal, while I Corps was positioned almost at a right angle away from the canal, along the Mons–Beaumont road (see map). I Corps was deployed in this manner to protect the right flank of the BEF, in case the French were forced to retreat from their position at Charleroi. I Corps did not line the canal, which meant that it was little involved the battle and the German attack was faced mostly by II Corps. The dominant geographical feature of the battlefield, was a loop in the canal, jutting outwards from Mons towards the village of Nimy. This loop formed a small salient which was difficult to defend and formed the focus of the battle.

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>The II Corps, on the left of the British line, occupied defensive positions along the Mons–Condé Canal, while I Corps was positioned almost at a right angle away from the canal, along the Mons–Beaumont road (see map). I Corps was deployed in this manner to protect the right flank of the BEF, in case the French were forced to retreat from their position at Charleroi. ⇒英国軍戦線における左翼の第II軍団は、モンス–コンデ運河に沿って、防御の陣地を占めていた。一方、第I軍団は、モンス–ボーモント道(地図参照)に沿って、運河から離れ、ほとんど直角に配置されていた。第I軍団は、フランス軍がシャルルロアの定位置から退去を強いられるような場合に備えて、英国遠征軍の右側面を保護するためにこのような仕方で配備されていたのである。 >I Corps did not line the canal, which meant that it was little involved the battle and the German attack was faced mostly by II Corps. The dominant geographical feature of the battlefield, was a loop in the canal, jutting outwards from Mons towards the village of Nimy. This loop formed a small salient which was difficult to defend and formed the focus of the battle. ⇒第I軍団は運河に沿っていなかったが、このことは第I軍団は戦いとの関係が薄く、ドイツ軍の攻撃は大部分が第II軍団に向かっていることを意味していた。支配的な戦場の地理的特徴は、運河のループ(湾曲)であって、モンスからニミ村に向かって外側へ突出していた。このループが、防備の困難な小突出部となって、戦いの焦点を形づくっていた。

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