These are the most haunted battlefields on Earth. From the sights, sounds and smells of haunted battlefields to the bloody hand prints of dead soldiers, join us as we take a look at the most haunted battlefields from around the world.
10. Battle Abbey
There are dozens of reported ghost sightings at Battle Abbey in Normandy. The abbey was built after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and it’s the place where King Harold was killed. There is a ghost of a woman all in white who haunts the gate house, the altar of the abbey has reportedly been found bleeding, long-dead monks roam the grounds and even King Harold himself has been seen wandering around with in arrow in his eye. On the anniversary of the battle, you can hear the sounds of the battle, the soldiers and their horses.
9. Culloden Battlefield
The highlands are said to be the most haunted part of all of Scotland, but especially the battlefield of Culloden Moor. The Jacobites were defeated on Culloden on April 16, 1746 and the battle was especially bloody and the battle itself only took an hour. It left behind many ghosts which can be seen and heard on the anniversary of the battle. During other times in the year, a battle-dazed man can be found wandering the moor, a man in his tartans has been seen lying injured on the ground, as well as many other soldiers. No birds sing or visit the site of the battle anymore.
8. Cold Harbour Battlefield
This is the site of one of the American Civil War’s bloodiest, grisliest battles, lasting from May 31 to June 12, 1864. Over 16,000 soldiers died in the battle and a large number of the dead were never properly buried, and it’s guessed that from this lack of burial comes the abundance of ghosts. People who visit the battlefield claim they have felt the shock of cannons going off, they can hear the sounds of soldiers and horses and can even smell gunpowder in the air. These sightings aren’t just linked to the anniversary of the battle however, and these supernatural experiences occur regularly throughout the year.
7. The Dieppe Raid
The beach of Dieppe, France was the site of Operation Jubilee, a precursor to operation D-Day. This was carried out by Allied forces to claim a major port and, more importantly to the mission, prove that it was possible to take the beach from the Germans. The raid was a disaster and 4,000 soldiers lost their lives. There had been very little reported sightings of any ghosts or noises, but once while camping a couple were woken by gunfire sometime after four in the morning, roughly when the raid started. What they heard was the soldiers fighting out the battle. The couple could distinguish what the soldiers were saying and wrote down everything they heard. Historians then confirmed that the couple had heard the whole battle play out, down to the minute.
6. Battle of Passchendaele
This battle for the Belgian territory was held in WW1 for three months, July – November in 1917. During the battle, over 400,000 people lost their lives and it’s estimated that around 100,000 soldiers were never identified or even buried due to the terrain being especially treacherous. Around the battlefield and the village, the sounds of the battle can be heard, including screams and gunfire.
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