When countries go to war, we usually think of all the death and destruction that happens during countless battles being waged. But what about the battlefields left over long after the war has ended? They are usually abandoned, giving you an emotional and serene landscape to really take in. Europe was involved in many wars during the 20th century, which left behind many abandoned battlefields. Not only are the battlefields abandoned, but oftentimes you will see abandoned military fortifications as well. These fortifications are buildings that were usually designed for the defense of territories during war. They also used to solidify rule in a region during a more peaceful time. Here are some amazing pictures of military fortifications from photographer Marc Wilson in Europe that will give you an eerie, yet calm feeling.
Focusing primarily on former military fortifications, Wilson sought to capture the enduring legacy of war.
These fortifications are massive constructions built for the defense of these territories during war.
Most of these structures were photographed in England, and are primarily remnants of the Second World War.
Other locations were found in Scotland and Wales.
Wilson also found fortifications in Belgium, Norway, Denmark, and France.
He named the series “The Last Stand,” and it’s easy to see why.
This strange fortification still stands on Cramond Island in Scotland.
These lingering pieces of history are fascinating pathways into the wars of the past.
Though they are less mighty than they once were, they are still lingering on their “last stand.”
These fortifications definitely serve as very eery reminders of a violent history of nations at war around the world. While these pictures were all taken around Europe, I’m sure each and every nation that has been to war has these same type of reminders scattered across their lands.