Almost 100 years later it will be the scene of fierce fighting and brave deeds yet again.
Thankfully, it will be fierce fighting of a very different nature.
Great Britain and Germany will be on the same side as Europe faces Asia on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October 2010 for the second leg of the Euro-Asia All Stars Series.
The event will be staged in the Mons Arena which has a seating capacity for 3,700 spectators; being only 20 kilometres from the French border and 30 kilometres from Charleroi, a city with strong traditions in the sport of table tennis, Mons provide an ideal home.
Organising the two day event will be Philippe Saive Management, the company that so successfully organised the Liebherr Men’s World Cup in Li่ge in 2005 and 2007.
Both the event in China and in Europe attracted vast media interest in 2009 with Asia winning the first duel in Beijing by six matches to four and Europe the second in Istanbul by six matches to five.
Once again with possiblities of such exciting players as Ma Long, Joo Se Hyuk, Jun Mizutani Timo Boll, Vladimir Samsonov and Michael Maze on duty, the event promises to be a fantastic occasion.
Equally should Dimitrij Ovtcharov gain a place in the team he will be very much the "local man". Currently he plays for Royal La Villette Charleroi; ther club being just down the road from Mons.
The Asian leg will be staged in Beijing from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th April 2010.