Shirley, Ralph - The Angel Warriors at Mons 10 – The battle of Augustovo
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
THE ANGEL WARRIORS AT MONS [continued]
A spiritual experience of another kind is also told in connexion with the battle of Augustovo in October 1914, in which the German army met with its first disastrous defeat at the hands of the Russians. The story, which was communicated by a Russian general who was with the army operating in East Prussia, runs as follows :
Vision of The Virgin Mary
While our troops were in the region of Suwalki, the captain of one of my regiments witnessed a marvellous revelation. It was eleven o'clock at night, and the troops were in bivouac. Suddenly a soldier from one of our outposts, wearing a startled look, rushed in and called the captain.
The latter went with the soldier to the outskirts of the camp and witnessed an amazing apparition in the sky. It was that of the Virgin Mary, with the Infant Christ on one hand, the other hand pointing to the west.
Our soldiers knelt on the ground and gazed fervently at the vision. After a time the apparition faded, and in its place came a great image of the Cross, shining against the dark night sky.
Slowly it faded away.
On the following day our army advanced westward to the victorious battle of Augustovo."