Menin Road

Date

20-25 September 1917

Geographical parameters

The Comines-Ypres Canal as far as Voormezeele; thence road to Vlamertinghe Château – Elverdinghe Château – Woesten – Bixschoote

Context

A battle honour formally entitled the “Battle of the Menin Road Ridge” and itself forming part of “The Battles of Ypres, 1917”.Footnote 1

The Menin Gate, beyond which can be seen the town of Ypres. Ypres. April & May 1919
Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada (MIKAN no. 3329102)

Hell Fire Corner, on the Menin Road, was infamous for being a constant target for enemy shell fire. Flanders, Belgium. 27 September 1917.
Credit: Australian War Memorial (E01889)

Description

The honour “Menin Road” was awarded for the September offensive in Flanders designed to take the Menin Ridge east of Ypres. After lengthy preparations and a weeklong preparatory bombardment all the objectives were taken. German counter-attacks were repulsed and the gains were consolidated. Canadian participation was limited to a supporting role with only the '2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF' and the 1st Canadian Pioneer Battalion being involved.

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