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2021-12-01 7:30:22 AM  
I am about a hour from Gettysburg. Also a good place to go hiking.
 
2021-12-01 7:35:06 AM  
I've only been to one battlefield:
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2021-12-01 7:36:54 AM  
I've been to this one, long ago.  I was probably of boy scout age at the time, so early 1980's.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site | Missouri State Parks (mostateparks.com)

Still the only Civil War reenactment I've ever seen.
 
2021-12-01 7:38:00 AM  
Deslided. As usual, the images won't match after a few slides.
 
2021-12-01 8:01:41 AM  
Normandy and the Ardennes while stationed in Germany. Fort McHenry.

My bucket list has Gettysburg on it.
 
2021-12-01 8:13:03 AM  
FIL's good friend was a docent at Gettysburg in the 1970s and 80s.  He started doing private tours in the 90s onward.  Most of his private tours were for German tourists (he was a German teacher during the school year).  The various authors and guides all hang out at some dive bar there and he's acquainted with the author of a book that does side by side photographic comparisons of the first photographers on-site to Gettysburg (none were there during the battle) with the "current" views (most recent photos were from the 1970s).  It's an interesting read as to who the photographers were, how they worked, and the nature of the photographic business back then.  The author's last name is Frassanito.

Anyhoo, the private tour takes about 3 days and we covered the history of the battle in near real-time and space.  There are wine bottles hidden around various cannons for his clientele.  "Wines of a questionable vintage!"

Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy is surreal.  It appears that one of the big guns that was there in 2003 was removed from the pillbox as I could not find it in 2016.  The craters are still there and still deep.
 
2021-12-01 8:17:28 AM  
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I've only been to one and it sucked.
 
2021-12-01 8:23:05 AM  
Well, I live in Atlanta, so I see one all the time.
 
2021-12-01 8:36:04 AM  
I've been to Gettysburg, but it doesn't really count for me since I was part of a high school tour group and more interested in the girls than seeing the monuments. Been to Little Big Horn as an adult, so I guess that is the only one that counts for me.
 
2021-12-01 8:42:06 AM  
I've been to about 20.  Being in Virginia they are everywhere.
 
2021-12-01 8:56:20 AM  
Manassas and Prairie Grove are pretty memorable places I visited as a kid.
 
2021-12-01 8:56:21 AM  
I don't understand the desire to visit a place where men sh*t their pants and beat each other to death. Yet, I read (devour, really) all of the books and diaries and movies.

I don't think I would handle it well being on the same ground men gave their life for... noble battles or wasted lives battles. Just to "experience" it.

Absolutely no judgement on those who do... I know you all mostly respect those that died fighting. Just a personal thing.

One I'd really stay away from is Normandy... I mean... Jesus. My grandfather landed there in the later waves after they took the beach. Just... so much carnage. Necessary carnage to defeat a true evil, but carnage nonetheless.

Some people think remembering the battlefield and the men that fought there, the sacrifice and all of that will somehow lead people and leaders to be aware of the sheer weight of their decisions to send men to battle. Yet you have had many leaders who visit Normandy to drop a wreath then go off to send young men and women off to die in foreign lands for absolutely nothing at all.

I'll get off my soapbox... not trying to be a downer. Remember to exit through the gift shop.
 
2021-12-01 9:25:03 AM  

dstanley: Normandy and the Ardennes while stationed in Germany. Fort McHenry.

My bucket list has Gettysburg on it.


The thing I remember most about Gettysburg, was this building, the Methodist Parsonage, in the downtown area. That is a cannonball lodged in the wall. There are over a dozen buildings still standing that show battle damage.
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2021-12-01 9:30:16 AM  
Been to Normandy, Verdun, Metz, Bastogne, Nijmegen and Arnhem/Oosterbeek. I'd include Warsaw, but there isn't really much of it left from the war.
 
2021-12-01 9:48:31 AM  
Gettysburg, Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga. Though I can't actually remember if there was a battle at Fort Ti
 
2021-12-01 9:55:56 AM  
I live on a Revolutionary war battleground.
 
2021-12-01 9:57:34 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Well, I live in Atlanta, so I see one all the time.


I live in the metro area, and I've been to Kennesaw Mountain, Chickamauga, and Pickett's Mill. My old house backed up to the battlefield and my wife's 3rd great grandfather lost 3 fingers in the battle there.

Aside from those, I've been to Saint Petersburg, and seen the damage that still exists from the siege of Leningrad.
 
2021-12-01 10:08:31 AM  

PTP_Professor: Rapmaster2000: Well, I live in Atlanta, so I see one all the time.

I live in the metro area, and I've been to Kennesaw Mountain, Chickamauga, and Pickett's Mill. My old house backed up to the battlefield and my wife's 3rd great grandfather lost 3 fingers in the battle there.

Aside from those, I've been to Saint Petersburg, and seen the damage that still exists from the siege of Leningrad.


I just to drive my kid to school and I'll pass encampments and places where columns split and reformed as they marched.  The roads are still the same.
 
2021-12-01 10:56:01 AM  
I've been only to Normandie. If I move out east, I think I'll see a lot more.
 
2021-12-01 11:50:48 AM  

Rapmaster2000: PTP_Professor: Rapmaster2000: Well, I live in Atlanta, so I see one all the time.

I live in the metro area, and I've been to Kennesaw Mountain, Chickamauga, and Pickett's Mill. My old house backed up to the battlefield and my wife's 3rd great grandfather lost 3 fingers in the battle there.

Aside from those, I've been to Saint Petersburg, and seen the damage that still exists from the siege of Leningrad.

I just to drive my kid to school and I'll pass encampments and places where columns split and reformed as they marched.  The roads are still the same.


Yeah. Many of the roads in Cobb County and Paulding County are built along old wagon roads. One of my 2 degrees is in Environmental History, so I studied how people have changed the landscape and environment over time. Wagon trails were made to go around rocks, trees, and other obstacles, and paved roads just got placed over the top of them until a need for a shorter, more direct route was important enough to remove the obstacles that the old roads avoided.
 
2021-12-01 12:42:02 PM  
As a Bostonian, I've been to Bunker Hill, Concord, Lexington.

As a European, I literally couldn't spend an hour playing in the dirt without finding a shell fragment.    My great-grandmother's house was a few kilometers from a city the Germans turned into a festung when the Allies invaded.  The house was a rebuild; the Americans bombed the original house along with most buildings of substance in a twenty-km radius.  (They were correctly informed that the Germans were using the house as a field HQ; they didn't know that the Germans had withdrawn from the house prior to the bombardment.  My grandparents spent a few weeks living in a trench.)

A kilometer down the road from the house you can find the remains of a Norman-era motte. As far as I know that one was never besieged (one reason why it still exists), but you don't have to go far:  "That tower is all that's left of a castle that was burned in the Hundred Year's War.  That fort was built by a Spanish invasion force in 1594.  That port was bombarded during the Napoleonic wars."    And of course, every single beach is festooned with pillboxes and tank barriers as part of the Atlantic Wall - pretty much a replica of the nearby beaches in Normandy.
 
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