Encyclopedia - Menin Road

'Menin Road' by Paul Nash The Menin Road - famously portrayed as an area of devastated chaos by renowned artist Paul Nash, with no road at all visible - comprised the key road east out of Ypres.

Considered one of the 'hottest' spots of the Western Front, and certainly in the Ypres Salient, the Menin Road was the scene of frequent artillery fire directed by German forces against the predominantly British presence in the Salient, most notably during the First and Third Battles of Ypres (1914 and 1917 respectively).

Strung along the Menin Road are such famous Great War battle sites as Sanctuary Wood and Hooge Crater.

A Town Major was a staff officer responsible for billeting arrangements in a town or village behind the lines.

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