Drone Captures WWII Lookout Tower On Top Of Doon Hill In Ireland

Published June 16, 2018 1,228 Views

Rumble / World TravelThe Second World War is a dark page in the history books. It was a devastation of human lives and nature unlike anything the world had ever seen before. There are a lot of debates about the date it started on, but most historians consider the beginning of WWII as the day Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Although most of the war activities happened on European soil, there were fights in the Pacific Ocean as well as the northern parts of the African continent. The Second World War affected almost all of the countries in the world despite the fact that not all of them participated, because the usual trade routes were closed and it was the downfall to many economies. Contrary to these, some economies thrived because of the great demand for military supplies, but they eventually crashed after the end of it.

Although the death toll is unknown, it is estimated to be around 60 million people, 20 of them being military and 40 million of them being civilians. The Second World War is notorious for the atrocious crimes committed against humanity. It proved that when it comes to war, all bets are off. Millions of people were killed because of their religious beliefs, ethnicity, the color of their skin or just out of spite. The atomic bomb was used and it became the symbol of utter destruction. People were herded in concentration camps like livestock and starved to death. In some places of the world, brothers were fighting brothers, children were holding weapons and parents were burying their offspring. All in all, this gruesome period in human history serves as a reminder that human life is frail and we should protect it and cherish it forever.

During World War II, a number of coastal lookout points were built around Ireland to monitor shipping and air traffic. Ireland had declared itself neutral. In total, 84 of these lookout points were constructed. They consisted of what can best be described as a little concrete bunker. About 50 of those structures have left footprints or are still standing. They are built of concrete, and most of them are in a state of disrepair. There was a tiny fireplace in it, otherwise it was pretty much open to the elements. Volunteers were assigned to each of the look out posts on eight hour shifts.

If there is one thing Ireland is known for, then it must be its breathtaking scenery. The lush greenery and coastal landscape is what has captivated people throughout history. The old castle ruins overgrown with moss are especially appreciated by filmmakers who chose Ireland as a filming destination for many of their films. The green island has been in the background of many movies and series such as Game of Thrones, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Vikings, The Tudors and many others.

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