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Morar Andrei

Battlefield at Mărășești - how can I identify the frontline now?

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Morar Andrei

Even if the battle of Mărășești was intensly promoted by the Romanian authorities, calling it a huge victory, there are no more signs in the area to give you the idea there was a large battle 100 years ago. Compaired to that, in Western Europe and Italy, some of the trenches have been carefully restored. Here, nobody was interested to keep the memory of this victory. The only thing remembering about is a huge mausoleum built in the 20s-30s. Can you help me identify, at least aproximately, where was the frontline? Thank you very much for effort!

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Morar Andrei

Is there anything left today to be related to this battle in the area? Any possible mark of an old trench or something? Thank you!

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Morar Andrei

Surely there is something left...hope so

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trajan

You will have to visit the site to see what is visible on the ground!

 

Speaking as an archaeologist, one problem with using Google (and other!) satellite imagery when trying to identify things on/'under' the ground is that the imagery is often from the wrong time of the day (directly overhead, so no shadow marks) or the wrong time of the year (best time is the ploughing season, giving soil marks), or ripening season (giving crop marks - except potatoes!). Also soil types are a factor... Those parts of the Western Front over chalk areas do produce good soil and crop marks - at the right time of the year!

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Morar Andrei

Probably that image is is not very good, the land changing in the last 100 years. But it's sad that nothing left to remember about this battlefield. But is that possible to make any aproximation, compaired to the battle maps, about how was the frontline looking like? Thank you! That is why I put an image of the area, an image of the town/village itself and a replica of a battle map from 1917.

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Morar Andrei

Sad that Romania doesn't make an effort to preserve the memory of the war... In western Europe, the important battlefields have restored trenches and re-anacting festivals related to these battles. Here, everything is very silent, just on the pages of the history corsebook.

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Morar Andrei

Again, any possible remains of the battlefield or of the trenches?

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303man

As Trajan states these 2 images one year apart one hits it bang on for Crop Marks, the other after ploughing you would never know what was there.

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Morar Andrei

Your images are very interesting, but how is that possible for such a quick change in only one year? Also, I'm curious what area is depicted (the location of the image). Thank you!

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Morar Andrei

Also, according to the battle map, the frontline at Mărășești was very close to the town - if not on the edge of the it in some pleces. It is much harder to recognise a battlefield in Romania, without having some conclusive spots...

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