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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 5:06 p.m. PST

St Albans

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 5:41 p.m. PST

Trafalgar of course.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 7:33 p.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2019 2:55 a.m. PST

Never been to Europe so I can't comment.

advocate04 Dec 2019 9:06 a.m. PST

Stirling Bridge is entirely built over, and the bridge replaced at least twice.
I voted Glenshiel since even the enclosures on the side of the hill remain. But for a battle many folk would have heard of, Waterloo is hard to beat. I know there have been changes, but still it's enormously emotive.

advocate04 Dec 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

Culloden and Flodden are good, unfortunately I haven't been to the other European battlefields so can't comment on them.

kodiakblair04 Dec 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

Voted for Culloden. Still an eerie place.

22ndFoot04 Dec 2019 9:23 a.m. PST

Tewkesbury looks pretty good still. TMP link

dapeters04 Dec 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

Talk about a skewed poll.

Yesthatphil04 Dec 2019 5:41 p.m. PST



Yesthatphil04 Dec 2019 5:43 p.m. PST

Hard to think of a battlefield which is more securely located, has benefited from more comprehensive archaeological surveying and has scarcely been built on.

Pity it missed the pre-polling.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Dec 2019 12:29 p.m. PST

The only two on the list I've seen personally are Waterloo and Hastings. Have to give the nod to Hastings.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2019 8:27 p.m. PST

I've seen Auldearn, Hastings, and Culloden. Of those I've given the nod to Culloden.

gounour06 Dec 2019 12:29 a.m. PST

in Germany, I'll vote Auerstedt/Iena/ for 1806, Kosen/Freyburg for 1813. Except a few milestone/info panels, the battleground is still "as-was" Iena had a listening post built in the middle during Cold War, now it's stripped to the concrete base and so doesn't marr it
Dennewitz is very good, just a railroad in the middle, but it's completely preserved and prepared for biking it through
Never went to Austria
in general, battlegrounds in ex-East-Germany are intact/or even visitors-prepared (exceptions are Leipzig and Grossbeeren/Blankenfeld which are build over)

Hanau had an american base on it (now turned to civilian housing) and a large cemetary, but the Kinzig is still here (and still unhealthy to wade in late Autumn) and a motorway is at the former wood edge, so it's worth visiting

Bavarian 1805 pre- Ulm battelfields are quite good.

In Spain, Barrossa still has its tower, a compound was built where the British charged, but can be overlooked as it's low lying, Baylen is untouched, Sagunto has a motorway in the middle, but is ok, Arapiles has eaten a little bit of Salamanca but not too much, the Coa bridge is still there and Almeida hasn't grown too much, Vittoria is built over as is san sebastian, never went to Suaroren, but should be good, Maya/Roncesvalles too. I plan to go to San Marcial/Bidassoa/Nivelle some day to check it, but it is heavy forested area, and will need a good map

In Italy, battleground from the beginning of 1797 campaign were signposted for the 200-year celebration, but nothing was made since, so the posts are old a weathered. The landscape didn't change much (1 motorway on overhang…) and looks very much like Switzerland. Did not go further, but cities have grown…

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