The Last Battle - farmers at the river
In the battle at the Fields of Merrilor, Mat makes what seems to be a strange decision. He sends a group of villagers, including women and children, along with a token band of soldiers, and Jur Grady, to defend the river and prevent the forces of the Dark One from blocking the flow of water.
The defenses hold for some time (I believe one or two characters commented on being surprised that the river stayed unblocked for as long as it did), but then are overrun and slaughtered.
Jur Grady was apparently the only survivor, following orders to hide nearby and wait for a signal. Jur was sickened by the slaughter, what he felt was the senseless waste of the lives of innocent people, and most of all that women and children were sacrificed for such an apparently meaningless goal.
However, towards the end of the battle, suddenly all of the villagers reappear and attack the forces of the Dark One. Where did they all come from? How did they reappear?