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Hi guys,

I think most of us have some kind of relation with history, especially warlike and contemporary (WWI, WWII, Civil wars...). In my case, being from Spain, there are only a few remains from our Civil war, poorly maintained or completely forgotten...Because of that, when I go abroad with family or friends (mostly Europe) I take the opportunity to visit everything related with historical events, nearby to there where I go. 

In order to help me through this, I use the website called https://www.tracesofwar.com/ .  Here you can take a look by every country, every province, or your village! etc...You can even add info, pics or traces that aren t classified in the site. You ll find from military cemeteries to tanks, museums or bunkers, officialy maintained or not ( that s one of its great points, as it makes you able to find some things publicized nowhere) , with normally really accurate coordinates. 

I encourage you all CMP members to upload some pics with a small description so we can enjoy some relics and discover  some interesting war things! 

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6 hours ago, The_Spine said:


Has a massive amount of random interesting stuff around Scotland.

Thanks for the Info ! Looks interesting. 

6 hours ago, Druidix said:

I dont have the pictures, but this museum is really great 


One thing i really want to do is going in normandy at the begin of june, there are so many things to see. Maybe this year 

Thanks you too DT. You shoul definitely go , as you say it has loads of things to see. You should also have a try on the site mentioned, you will find almost everything! 

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I can contribute to this topic with some pics made by myself around here and there because I love this kind of tourism. In Spain you can find, with a bit of luck, some emplacements from the Civil War and a lot of around old Military bases. Well, in fact, some of them are still in use but old emplacements are obviously abandoned.

Here you can see two small bunkers placed around Brunete, in Madrid,  just in both sides of the road so you can find them extremely easy.



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This one was, from the Spanish Civil War too, it´s placed close to Colmenar del Arroyo, in Madrid.

Here you are a goggle maps link to find it easily.













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On 2018. 03. 29. at 6:09 AM, RayderPSG said:

Looks nice and interesting! thanks truth, will go if someday I m in Austria.

I liked the idea, that you can explore the whole complex, trenches, bunkers and so on at your own pace with a given map. You can even go inside some of those turrets and make them turn and raise/lower the guns.

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Time for my totally bad photos from visit to the Polish Army Museum (7 years ago):









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Been in Senegal. I searched if there was something related with this and...I m too lucky. In fact, "battle of Dakar" existed (http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/debacle-at-dakar/ , https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataille_de_Dakar), it was an unsuccesful attempt of landing by Free French troops in Dakar, with the main purpose of pressure the Vichy authorities and administration to join De Gaulle's team. Several and different kind of ships were sent. The operation was a failure for Free France and the troops were finally retired.

I found this at Gorée Island, the next forts you can see were used in order to keep out the Free French forces. 


Curiously, it isn t exactly abandoned there. People is using it nowadays to expose their art...and to hang out their washing! xD














I don t know if you can see it, maybe putting "shine" option to maximum...but down there numerous artist are guarding their works...and I don t know, but probably some of them even sleep there. 



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Moses Herodez will probably hate me for this as he's on these pics when he was aged about 8.... but I don't have any without him on.
Bangsbo Fort in Northern Jutland. Also visited the gigantic Hirtshals 10 Battery museum earlier the same day which was a great day out - got to ride the ammo train but sadly no pics.




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And here's one of me and Moses Herodez liking a Hurricane (Neil Young reference for those old enough) at the Bomber Command museum near York a decade later... Also a great day out.

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