HELLFIRE CORNER

During WW1, this crossroads was described as "the hottest place on earth". Then the junction of a railway line and several roads, it was an obvious target for German artillery of every calibre occupying the higher ground along the Menin Road. Despite canvas screens erected to hide troop movements from the Germans, it was a dangerous place to linger and casualties were heavy.

The railway track has now been surfaced to make a new road and the subsequent increase in traffic has understandably, but nevertheless sadly, meant the construction of a roundabout at the junction and the destruction of an historic site.

The British Demarcation stone to the left of the picture records the furthest advance of the German army in 1918

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