With having an interest in war history etc i was wondering has anyone been to any major world locations??
I was thinking along the lines of Vietnam War locations, Hiroshama/ Nagasaki.
Just interested in seeing what these places are like after all theyve gone thru - e.g is there still high radiation levels in hiroshima or even Chernobyl which i know there is?
I suppose its more the effects of science or what man's inventions have done to our world im after
Or any websites would be helpful..
Are you interested in things as far back as our Civil War? I just got back from visiting N. Carolina, Virginia and W. Virginia, where a majority of the battles and confrontations took place. If so, I will post some links in this thread for you. Many inventions and improved weaponry came about during that period. Granted, nothing on the level of Viet Nam or WWII, but maybe something of some interest to you.
I went to Normandy last November and visited some of the D-Day beaches and the Canadian Juno Centre at Courselles-sur-Mer. I also visited the Caen Memorial, which is a historical museaum for peace which outlines WWII in detail. The difference between Caen today and Caen in 1944 was astonishing - it was blown to absolute bits, and is now almost as good as before. You can still see destruction marks everywhere, though - the city's castle is just walls, now.
My penchant is for WWII, though, more than Vietnam-era wars. If you have any questions, ask away!
The most disturbing places I've been were in Cambodia- the killing fields and the Tong Sleung prison in Phnomn Penh. The prison was a High School, hurredly converted into a prison by the Khmer Rouge. The scary thing is, it still looks like a school, but with barbed wire, and classrooms divided up into cells. Its been left as it was found. And the killing fields, its when you realise just what has gone on there.....It was horrific and seeing these places makes you realise what humans are capable of doing to each other. But I think its useful to understand how real these things are because we hear so much about awful stuff in the world, theres a risk of getting a bit de-sensitised to it.
I often wonder, if you didn't know what had happened in a place, would you be able to sense that a place has a history?
Dunno if its true, but people say that no birds fly over Auschwitz.