On 8 October 1917, heavy fighting broke out over the Droogenbroodhoek hill near Moorslede. German troops were able to hold off the British army, but massive casualties were suffered on both sides.
In the weeks that followed, the front line moved steadily towards the village of Moorslede. Moorslede and surrounding areas were completely destroyed by artillery fire. Grenade attacks in combination with heavy rainfall transformed the landscape into a cratered swamp.
The photo shows the demolished church and marketplace of Moorslede in October 1917.