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Battle of Troy (c. 1300 BC)

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Troia - Assos

jesus_tr

For centuries, scholars have debated whether the story of the 'Trojan Horse" has historical foundation.  Based on archaeological evidence, it is now believed that Troy, the city state which was at war with Athens and Sparta, was an actual city in western Turkey, near the present day city of Hisarlik.  In this drone video by jesus_tr, you'll get a look at the site from the second millennium BC, which was famously referenced in two of the greatest works of western literature: Virgil's Aenid and Plato's The Odyssey.  

Sack of Nineveh (612 BC)

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Mosul

Kelly's Heroes

Mosul is a war torn city of Iraq on the Tigris River. Professional award-winning drone cinematographers Kelly’s Heroes traveled to document Mosul for a Belgian television series. Unfortunately, war is not new to this area: Mosul lies on the ruins of the great Assyrian capital of Nineveh, once the world's largest city.  Its sacking in 612 BC killed thousands and was one of the most consequential events of ancient history. This video is a Finalist in the Drones for Good category in the second annual DVA's. 

First Persian Invasion of Greece (492 BC)

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Athos, The Holy Mountain

Icarus Aerial Filming

In this video, contributor Icarus Aerial Filming gives us a spectacular bird's eye view of the area around Mt. Athos in northern Greece.  In addition to being home to some of the most important Eastern Orthodox monasteries, the fabled mountain (often referred to as the Holy Mountain) was the site of one of the great bits of luck enjoyed by the Greeks in the Antiquity - the foundering of a Persian fleet off the coast of Athos in 492 BC forestalled an imminent Persian naval invasion of the Greek mainland.   

Shipwreck of St. Paul ( c. 60 AD)

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St.Pauls Islands Malta

Jasonaerialfilming

One of the most vividly detailed passages in the New Testament is the story in the Acts of the Apostles of how St. Paul's ship wrecked on an island on his journey from Caesarea (in present-day Israel) to Rome to face trial.  Most scholars agree that the Biblical reference to "Melita" is in fact the island of Malta.  The most commonn view is that the wreck occurred on or around what is now called St. Paul's Island on the island's northeastern coast, which you'll see here in this drone video by Jasonaerialfilming.   

Seige of Masada (73-74 AD)

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Israel's Great Masada Fortress

Nelly_Volkovich

Masada is an ancient fortification built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert of southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea.  During the First Jewish War of the first century AD, Masada was the site of a famous seige by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders (numbering perhaps a thousand) committed suicide en masse rather than surrender.  Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  

Destruction of Pompeii (79 AD)

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Vesuvio

feola.mike

Mt. Vesuvius (Vesuvio) in southern Italy is amongst the world's most important volcanoes from a historical perspective.  More or less dormant since the 1940's, it is credited with the most famous volcanic event in history.  In 79 AD, a major eruption more or less wiped out four major Roman towns, the most notable of which was Pompeii.  Contributor and pilot feola.mike used a DJI drone to create this beautiful video of the great mountain, still considered one of the more dangerous volcanoes on earth. 

Viking Raid on England (897)

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Lindisfarne

newcastlemale

Newcastlemale used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this amazing aerial video of Lindisfarne, a tidal island off England's Northumberland coast.  It's also called Holy Island, in reference to the critical role it played in the conversion of northern England to Christianity.  Famously, a Viking raid here in 897 AD marked the first serious appearance of the Norsemen and sent shockwaves throughout Europe.  The island's 16th century castle was used as a filming location for two Roman Polanski-directed movies.

The Norman Conquest of England (1066)

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Pevensey Castle SUSSEX UK

oszibusz

Oszibusz created this drone video of a VERY old castle-fortress in East Sussex on the southern coast of England.  Pevensey Castle was built in the third century AD as part of a line of fortifications known as the Saxon Shore Forts constructed by the Roman Empire.  In 1066, the army of William the Conqueror stayed here their first night on the English side of the Channel en route to their decisive encounter at nearby Hastings.  Later converted to a castle, Pevensey was garrisoned as late as World War II.  

Walk to Canossa (1077)

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Terre di Canossa

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Contributor Mark59 created this stunning drone video of Canossa, a castle town in the province of Reggio Emilia in north-central Italy.  The 10th century castle is the site of one of the most famous events of the Middle Ages.  In January, 1077, Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV arrived here after a long trek to meet with Pope Gregory VII, who was a guest at the castle.  Seeking a reversal of his ex-communication, he was forced to stand in the snow at the castle gates for three days before being granted an audience.

The Seige of Acre (1291)

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Acre, Israel

Ruslan Paul

Contributor Ruslan Paul put together this remarkable video of Acre (Acco), an ancient city on Israel's Mediterranean coastline, between Tel Aviv and Haifa.  Sitting on a site which dates to 3000 BC, the city became a key Christian stronghold during the Third Crusade.  In 1291, the city  was beseiged by forces under control of the Mamluk Sulatanate; despite a desperate last stand by the Knights Templar, it fell after about a month.  The recapture of Acre is considered one of the key events of the Medieval Period.    

Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297)

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The Wallace Monument in Scotland

Hightning McQueen

Scotland's Wallace Monument overlooks the town of Stirling on the Forth River, about 45 minutes northwest of Edinburgh. Erected in 1869, it commemorates one of the most significant events in Scottish history: the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, in which the great hero William Wallace inflicted a crushing victory on English forces led by King Edward I as they crossed the river here.  The great battle was immortalized in the 1996 movie Braveheart, although the scene was actually filmed in Ireland.   

Battle of Varna (1444)

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Beautiful Varna | DJI Mavic Pro 2

Guy tapiaro

Contributor Guy tapiaro used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this beautiful aerial of the Bulgarian seaside town of Varna.  Situated on the Black Sea, Varna is the third-largest city in this Balkan country, after Sofia and Plovdiv.  A major seaport, it is Bulgaria's most important maritime city and the main base for the Bulgarian fleet.  The city was the site of the Battle of Varna in 1444, one of the last major engagements of the Crusades; the Ottoman victory here led to the fall of Constantinople within a decade.  

Fall of Constantinople (1453)

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The Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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Rumeli Fortress sits on the European side of the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Rumeli played a critical role in the seige of the city then known as Constantinople by forces under Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who overwhelmed it after a 53 day seige in 1453.  The sack of what was then the world's largest city marked the end of the Byzantine Empire (the formal successor to the Roman Empire) and is considered one of the most important historical events of the Middle Ages.

Seige of Harlech (1468)

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Harlech Castle: Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Contributor AVEA - Alta Vistic Epic Aerial created this marvelous drone video of a famous fortress in northern Wales.  Harlech Castle is situated within Snowdonia National Park in Gwynned County.  The great landmark was built by King Edward I during his conquest of Wales in the late 13th century.  During the War of the Roses in the 15th century, Harlech was the site of a famous seige by Yorkist forces which ended in a Lancastrian surrender in 1468.  It's known as the longest seige in British history.

Seige of Malta (1565)

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Fort Angelo Vittoriosa Malta

Lestilestudios

Lestilestudios created this drone video of Fort St. Angelo on the Mediterranean island of Malta.  It is situated in the middle of the Grand Harbor, in the city of Birgu (Città Vittoriosa).  Built by the Knights of St. John, the fortress was the focal point of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.  Here, the fort's defenders held off an amphibious invasion by the Ottoman Empire, marking the end of the Ottoman bid for control of the Mediterranean.  It also was a filming location for the Red Keep seen in Season 1 of Game of Thrones.  

Seige of Oostende (1601-04)

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Oostende, West-Flanders - 2018 | DJI Mavic Air

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Oostende, Belgium is the largest city on the Belgian coast.  Founded in the 13th century, this city in West Flanders has played an important role in numerous military conflicts by virtue of being on the North Sea.  Famously, the city played a key role in the 80 Years War, by which the Netherlands (which included modern day Belgium at the time) gained independence from Spain.  The Seige of Oostende lasted from 1601-04, during which about 80,000 on both sides were killed or wounded.

Mayflower Landing in New England (1620)

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Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts

PO3SMITH

The ship Mayflower carrying the Pilgrims who settled the USA's New England made landfall at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1620.  The town they founded there was named Provincetown, and the Mayflower Compact they signed here is one of the most important documents in the American historical record.  The monument to commemorate these events is called Pilgrim Monument, which was completed in 1910.  Check out from above in this drone video from PO3SMITH.

Seige of Heidelberg (1622)

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Heidelberg, Germany

Frankiez

Contributor Frankiez used his DJI Mavic Pro Drone to create this lovely aerial view of the medieval city of Heidelberg, in the Baden-Wurtemberg state of southwestern Germany.   You'll get a marvelous bird's eye view of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 13th century and one of the most famous castles in Europe.  In 1622, Heidelberg was the site of an important battle during the early part of the Thirty Years War, in which the Spanish Imperial Army led by the Count of Tilly beseiged and overcame the city.

Battle of Scheveningen (1653)

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Scheveningen Beach, Netherlands

Skaty

Scheveningen is one of the districts that make up the Hague, the Dutch capital and the third largest city in the Netherlands.  It's home to some of the finest beaches and seaside resorts in the Benelux region.  Now known for its quaint beaches, the area was the site of one of the most famous battles of the First Anglo-Dutch War of the mid-17th century.  At the Battle of Scheveningen in 1653, onlookers stood on these beaches and watched the English Navy inflict a heavy defeat on Dutch naval forces.  

The Rye House Plot (1683)

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Rye House Gatehouse UK

oszibusz

Rye House was a substantial manor in the countryside near the town of Rye in Hertfordshire, England.  The house dated to before the Hundred Years War and had undergone numerous modifications.  In 1683, it became forever associated with a plot to murder King Charles II of England and his brother James.  Discovered before the plans could come to fruition, over a dozen of the plotters were executed and many more imprisoned.  You can check out this historic location from above in this drone video by oszibusz.

The Glencoe Massacre (1692)

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Glencoe

newcastlemale

Newcastlemale used a Phantom 4 Professional drone to create this marvelous aerial tour of Glen Coe, a famous valley in the Scottish Highlands.  The video features footage of Glencoe's most well-known sights, including Laggan Dam; Rannoch Moor; Bouchaille Etive Mor; and the village of Glencoe.  Long before Glencoe appeared in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall, the village was the scene of a notorious massacre of 38 McDonald Clan members in 1692, since referenced extensively in popular culture.

The Salem Witch Trials (1692-3)

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Salem, Massachusetts

pilgrimdroner

Salem, Massachusetts is one of New England's oldest settlements.  Located about a half hour drive northeast of Boston, the town was the epicenter of one of the USA's greatest travesties of justice: the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-3, in which 20 innocent people were executed.  The episode was later adapted as an allegory for McCarthyism by playwright Arthur Miller in his classic play, the Crucible (1953).  In this video by pilgrimdroner, you'll get a bird's eye view of historic Salem, including its Witch Museum.  

Battle of Poltava (1709)

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Above the Clouds in Poltava

Valerii Iavtushenko

Contributor Valerii Iavtushenko created this beautiful drone video of the important Ukrainian city of Poltava.  The capital of the eponymously named province, it's situated in the east-central part of the country.  The city is situated on the Vorskla River, a major tributary of the mighty Dneiper River.  Poltava dates to the 12th century.  The city was the site of a decisive victory in 1709 by Tsar Peter the Great's forces over Sweden during the Great Northern War, clearing the way for Russian domination of Eastern Europe.   

Jacobite Uprising (1745)

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Glenfinnan

Albacross Imaging

The Scottish town of Glenfinnan was famous long before its viaduct became known as the Harry Potter Bridge.  That's because it was the scene of the opening of the Jacobite Uprising, the attempt by the Stuart familyand its Highland clan allies to depose the Crown.  In August, 1745, he stood on the shore of Loch Shiel and raised the Royan Standard.  Both the monument constructed to commemorate this historic event, as well as the viaduct, are on full display in this drone video by Albacross Imaging.

Lisbon Earthquake (1755)

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Soaring Over Lisbon (4K)

martigen

Contributor Martigen created this marvelous drone video of the Portuguese capital city Lisbon.  It opens with a magnificent shot of Praça do Comércio on the Tagus River.  The square was built on the ruins of the Ribeira Palace, the great Portuguese royal palace.  The palace along with  much of Lisbon was destroyed in one of history's greatest natural disasters: the 1755 earthquake, which is estimated to have registered up to 9.0 on the Richter Scale, devastated the city and killed up to 100,000 people.  

Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)

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Droning Charlestown

pilgrimdroner

Check out this drone video of the Boston's historic Charlestown neighborhood, compliments of pilgrimdroner.  Boston's oldest neighborhood, it's located just across the Charles River from the Financial District.  It's perhaps best known as the home of  Bunker Hill, site of a famous battle in the early stages of the US Revolutionary War in 1775 and commemorated with a prominent Charlestown monument.  Charlestown has appeared in numerous movies, most notably in the 2010 thriller The Town.    

George Washington's Delaware Crossing (1776)

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Trenton, New Jersey

Chris Bonanno

Chris Bonanno used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this aerial video of Trenton, New Jersey.  This historically important city is the capital of the Garden State.  The video features footage of the downtown area along the Delaware River, including the impressive gold-domed capitol building.  It also includes footage from the area known as Washington's Crossing just upstream; this was the spot where George Washington led his troops across the Delaware in 1776, a pivotal moment in the USA's Revolutionary War. 

Execution of French Royals (1793)

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Place de la Concord

sphereview

Here's an awesome aerial view of one of the great sights of Paris, compliments of sphereview. It's the Place de la Concord, the largest public square in the French capital.  It is situated at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées, in the eighth arrondissement.  During the French Revolution, it went under another name: the Place de la Révolution.  It was here that King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in January, 1793, and where his widow Marie Antoinette met the same fate nine months later.  

Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

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Drone Views of Los Caños de Meca, Cape Trafalgar

MrMaikelMaik

Contributor MrMaikelMaik brings us this beautiful aerial view of the area around Los Caños de Meca, in southern Spain.  The town lies just to the east of Cape Trafalgar, in the Andalusian province of Cádiz.  The video also captures the well known Cape Gibraltar Lighthouse.  The waters here were the site of one of the world's most famous naval battles: in 1805, a British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeated a French/Spanish fleet and dealt a heavy blow to Napoloeon's drive to control the seas.  

Battle of San Jacinto (1836)

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San Jacinto Monument

Lone Star Drones

One of the things which makes Texas amongst the most distinctive states is the fact that it was its own country for almost a decade before being admitted to the Union in 1845.  The Republic of Texas was declared in 1836, shortly before Sam Houston's troops decisively defeated Mexican forces in April, 1836 near San Jacinto.  The great battle is commemorated with the gigantic monument you'll see in this drone video by Lone Star Drones; completed in 1939, it's the world's tallest masonry structure.  

Donner Party Expedition: 1846-7

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Donner Lake, California

A2films

A2Films created this beautiful drone video of Donner Lake in Northern California. The lake is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just a few minutes drive northwest of Lake Tahoe. The lake was the setting for one of the most horrific American pioneer stories: the Donner Party's ill-fated expedition to California.  They reached what is now Donner Pass in late 1846 but were trapped for four months with virtually no food; the half that survived did so by eating the dead.

Battle of Balaclava (1854)

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Balaclava, Crimea

leofacker

The Russian town of Balaklava is located just south of Sevastopol, the main city of the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea.   Seen here in this dronie shot by contributor leofacker, Balaclava is a storied name by virtue of the bloody battle which occurred here in October, 1854, during the early phase of the Crimean War.  The disastrous charge by a British formation against well-prepared Russian defenses was immortalized by the great English poet Lord Tennyson in his narrative poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade.

The Great Galveston Hurricane (1900)

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Galveston, Texas

Lone Star Drones

Check out Galveston, Texas from above in this drone video by Lone Star Drones.  The city sits on a long, narrow island of the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Houston.  Galveston was the sight of the USA's most deadly natural disaster: the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, when a category 4 storm hit the island with full force and without sufficient warning.    The storm killed between 8-12k people (up to a third of the city's population) and the city never recovered its status as a "twin" city to Houston.  

San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

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Mussel Rock Golden Hour - Pacifica, CA

InspireFPV

InspireFPV does just that with this amazing FPV video from a famous rock in the Pacific Ocean just south of San Francisco.  Mussel Rock is a "family" consisting of one large rock and several small ones.  It sits just off the coast of Daly City, the "suburb" situated just south of San Francisco.  The significance of this spot is that it was believed to be the very epicenter of the great 1906 Earthquake which nearly leveled San Francisco and was by some measures the worst natural disaster in American history.  

Killing of Austrian Archduke (1914)

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Sarajavo Aerial

emirdzanan

Contributor and drone pilot Emirdzanan created this beautiful video of modern Sarajevo.  Now the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina, Sarajevo was the site of one of history's most monumental events.  In June, 1914, the Archduke of Austria Hungary and his wife were visiting the city when they were assassinated by a Serbian terrorist.  Austria Hungary, believing that the Serbian government was complicit in the killing, set a chain of events in motion which ended with the outbreak of the conflict now known as World War I.

"Rape" of Belgium (1914)

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Leuven, Belgium - 2018 | DJI Mavic Air

bartreding

Contributor Bartreding used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this aerial tour of Leuven (Louvain), Belgium.  It's the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the middle of the country.  This medieval town is home to KU Leuven, the oldest university in the Low Countries.  Leuven was the site of an infamous atrocity at the outset of World War I, when invading German soldiers pillaged the town, killing hundreds and burning over 230,000 volumes at the university's library.  The incident shocked world opinion.

Battle of the Marne (1914)

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Battles of the Marne Memorial

power falcon

Contributor power falcon created this drone video of an important site in Northern France commemorating two critical World War I battles that were fought along the banks of the Marne River.  The first battle occurred in September, 1914 when Allied forces stopped the great German advance in what was the conflict's single-most important battle.  The Second Battle of the Marne occurred on almost the same ground in the summer of 1918, when the French stopped a last-gasp German offensive and set up the war's final phase.

Battle of Gallipoli (1915)

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March 18 1915 - Gallipoli

jesus_tr

Top content creator and pilot jesus_tr created this moving aerial video to the monuments commemorating the World War I Battle of Gallipoli.  The battle was joined in March, 1915 with an Allied naval bombardment of the Dardanelles Strait followed by landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in an attempt to  knock Turkey out of the war.  The invading forces were not able to take the commanding heights above the beaches, where Turkish forces under future leader Kemal Ataturk held fast over months of attacks.  

Sinking of the RMS Lusitania (1915)

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Old Head Lighthouse, Cork, Ireland. Mavic 2 Pro

Mark's Mavic 2

Contributor Mark's Mavic 2 used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this stunning video of the lighthouse at the Old Head of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland.  The spot is famous for being the nearest land point to the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German U-Boat during World War I. On May 7, 1915, the Cunard-operated ship was torpedoed about 19 km (11 mi.) from here, killing almost 1,200 people.  The ensuing worldwide outrage caused Germany to temporarily suspend unrestricted submarine warfare.  

The Battle of Caporetto: 1917

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Kobarid by DJI Mavic Pro

GO MAVIC

Contributor GOMAVIC used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial view of Kobarid, an area which straddles the border between Slovenia and Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia province.  Part of the Julienne Alps, the area was famous as the site of the Battle of Caporetto (also known as the 12th Battle of the Isonzo), a pivotal clash which took place towards the end of World War I in late 1917.  The battle was immortalized in Hemingway's 1929 classic novel A Farewell to Arms.

Second Battle of the Marne (1918)

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Mangin's Tower

power falcon

Contributor power falcon created this amazing drone video of a very significant historical spot in Northern France.  It's a tower in the Forest of Retz which was constructed in the 1920's on the ruins of an earlier version that had played a key role in the climax of World War I.  The tower was erected on the orders of General Charles Mangin, who was called back to lead the Tenth Army on the Allies' first major strike following the failure of the Ludendorff Offensives of 1918 and led to the Allied victory in less than four months.  

Flight of the L'Oiseau Blanc (1927)

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The White Cliffs of Etratat, by Drone

AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials

AVEA - Alta Epic Aerials created this stunning drone video of a site which played a key part in one of France's greatest mysteries.  Étretat is a small community on Normandy's Atlantic Coast.  In May, 1927, a plane called the White Bird took off from Étretat bound for New York.   The plane, piloted by two famous French World War I aces, disappeared without a trace and has never been found.  They had been seeking the Orteig prize, which was awarded to the USA's Charles Lindbergh weeks later.  

Battle of the Ebro (1938)

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Recreation of the Battle of the Ebro

sobrevolando

Contributor Sobrevolando created this amazing drone video of a recreation of a famous event in the Spanish Civil War.  During that conflict in the late 1930's, the Ebro River in Aragon and Catalonia was the site of a bloody battle between the warring sides.  On November 16, 1938, the Republican forces who had been on the defensive gave way and were forced back across the river by the Nationalist advance.  This ended the six month Battle of the Ebro, considered the war's decisive campaign.

Battle of Narvik (1940)

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Battle Of Narvik. German Destroyer "Georg Thiele"

Maximus_NO

Nazi Germany invaded Norway and Denmark in early April, 1940, ending the so-called Phony War phase which marked the outbreak of World War II in Western Europe.  While the invasions were ultimately successful, the Norwegian operation triggered the Battle of Narvik, when a Royal Navy flotilla was able to knock out a number of German destroyers.  In this drone video by Maximus_NO, you'll get an aerial view of the remains of the Georg Thiele, which was scuttled here when it ran out of ammunition.  

Dunkirk Evacuation (1940)

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Sailing from Dunkirk - May, 2018

wedroneu

We droneu created this beautiful bird's eye view of an old sail-powered ship heading out of the harbor of Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France.  It's part of the Nord department, the northernmost in the country.  Dunkirk was the scene of one of the more consequential events of World War II.  In late May and early June of 1940, as France was collapsing under the weight of an invasion by Nazi Germany, over 300,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from the Continent by a makeshift fleet of British ships and boats.  

Bataan Death March (1942)

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Sisiman

Carlo Caacbay

Sisiman is a small coastal village at the tip of the Bataan Peninsula on the island of Luzon in the Phillipines, just across Manila Bay from the great capital city.  Contributor Carlos Caacbay's drone video captures this magnificent looking place, whose beauty hides a grim past: this was the starting point for the infamous Bataan Death March in an early phase of World War II, in which thousands of US and allied POW's died during early 1942 while being force-marched through the jungle by their Japanese captors.   

Battle of Stalingrad (1942-43)

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Mother Russia /Volgograd Russia

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The southern Russian city of Volgograd was once known as Stalingrad.  In the late 1942 and early 1943, the city on the Volga River was the site of a terrible battle between Nazi Germany and the Red Army which marked the turning point of World War II.  The most prominent site in the city is the statue of Mother Russia, erected to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers and civilians who died there.  This drone video captures the immensity of the statue and the losses that led to its construction.

D-Day Normandy Invasion (1944)

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Drone Views of Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

Marc Olde Kalter

Marc Olde Kalter created this amazing bird's eye view of one of the most important points in the initial battle for Normandy, France which commenced on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Pointe Du Hoc has commanding views of what became Omaha and Utah Beaches, the two landing zones assigned to the USA's forces. On Day 1 of the invasion, US Army Rangers captured Point Du Hoc and fought off German counter-attacks, securing the beaches from flanking fire which could have derailed the entire operation.  

Massacre of Oradour sur Glane (1944)

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Martyrs' Village: Oradour sur Glane, France

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Contributor FreD ...///... created this haunting aerial video of Oradour-sur-Glane, a small French village in central France that was the scene of one of the worst World War II atrocities in Western Europe.  In June, 1944, troops of the Waffen-SS came through here to reinforce the German positions in Normandy following the Allied D-Day landing.  They massacred 642 residents of the town, mostly women and children.  While the village was rebuilt nearby, the original village was preserved in memorial. 

Warsaw Uprising (1944)

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Commemorating the Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising

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The Warsaw Uprising in the summer of 1944 was a seminal event in World War II as well as for the Polish nation.  Although Germany had no chance of winning the war by this point, troops under control of the German SS brutally suppressed an uprising by the people of Warsaw, mercilessly killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and razing the city.  In this video, contributor Mackox flew a drone over the celebration marking the 74th anniversary of this important historical event.

Yalta Conference (1945)

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Crimea: Seaside Yalta

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In this video you'll get a bird's eye view of Yalta, a city on the Black Sea coastline of the Crimean Peninsula.  The Crimea became part of the Ukraine following the dissolution of the USSR in the 1990's, but recently voted to rejoin Russia.  Yalta was the site of a famous meeting during the closing months of World War II, when Allied leaders Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin met to begin planning the post-war world order.  It was the second and last meeting of the so-called Big Three.

Dresden Firebombing (1945)

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Frauenkirche, Dresden

DW-Travel

Take in this aerial view of the  Dresden Cathedral, compliments of DW-Travel. It's one of the most beautiful churches in Europe as well as one of the most powerful symbols of the 20th destruction visited by and upon Germany.  In February, 1945, near the end of World War II, Dresden was nearly destroyed in a still-controversial Allied firebombing attack.  The bombing, immortalized in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five (1969), inflicted significant damage to the cathedral and killed at least 25,000 civilians.  

The Battle of Okinawa (1945)

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Okinawa

Reuben Langdon

Take an aerial tour of the Japanese island of Okinawa in this beautiful drone video by Reuben Langdon.  Okinawa is the southernmost and smallest of Japan's four main islands.  Closer to Taiwan than to the other main Japanese islands, Okinawa is quite distinctive both in terms of its natural setting as well as with respect to its people.  Ride along for aerial views of the island, its main city of Naha, and some of the old fortifications left over from the bitter World War II battle fought here following the US invasion of the island in April, 1945.  

Vajont Dam Break (1963)

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The Vajont Dam | Italy

daniele bolgia

Contributor Daniele Bolgia created this memorable drone video of a famous but never-used dam in northern Italy.  Vajont Dam was constructed in the 1950's as a means to harness the Vajont River in the Veneto region.  In October, 1963, as its reservoir was being filled, a massive landslide into the lake caused a giant wave of water to come pouring over its wall, the tallest in the world at the time.  The resulting "tsunami" killed almost 2,000 people, making it one of history's worst dam accidents.    

Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1963)

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Droning America: Dallas, TX

Droning America

In this episode of Droning America, hostess Angie Avestruz heads to the Big D - Dallas, Texas.  She teams up with local TV sports news personality Kaime Stroot to show us the sights and sounds of the great city in northern Texas - by drone.   In addition to the Reunion Tower, the M Line Trolley, and the Deep Elum District, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of the most important spots in American history - Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963.

First Lunar Landing (1969)

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Johnson Space Center, Houston

Lone Star Drones

Seen here in this video by Lone Star Drones, the Johnson Space Center is the most important center for manned space flight at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Located in the southeastern outskirts of Houston, Texas, its most famous moment was in July, 1969, when Mission Control here directed the Apollo 11 moon landing.  It's also been a filming location for a number of films, notably two of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990's: Apollo 13 (1995) and Armageddon (1998). 

Woodstock Music Festival (1969)

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Woodstock Festival Site in Upstate New York

Chris Bonanno

For a few days in mid-August, 1969, a dairy farm near Bethel, New York hosted a music festival billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music".  Featuring acts like Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Joan Baez, the Band, and many more, the festival came to be known for the name of a nearby town: Woodstock.  In this drone video by contributor Chris Bonnano, you can get a bird's eye view of the Woodstock site, which was also used for a disastrous Woodstock revival concert in 1999.  

The Chernobyl Disaster (1986)

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Chernobyl: Drone Footage of Pripyat 2019

David.Haring

Check out this haunting but fascinating drone video from the scene of one of history's greatest industrial accidents, compliments of David.Haring.  The northern Ukrainian city of Pripyat was built in the 1970's in connection with the construction of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  When the plant's #4 reactor core exploded on April 26, 1986, the city's 50,000 inhabitants were evacuated.  The disaster is credited with thousands of cancer deaths and contributed to the downfall of the USSR in 1991.

Exxon Valdez Spill (1989)

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Sea Lions - Salmons And Seagulls

FreD ...///...

Alaska's sea life can be seen from above in this terrific drone video by FreD...///....  He was able to aerially film sea lions, salmon, and seagulls in the Valdez Arm of Prince William Sound, on the southern coast of the state.  This area has largely recovered from one of history's worst environmental disasters: the oil spill which resulted when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef in March, 1989 and spilled over a quarter million barrels of crude oil into the pristine waters of the Sound.

Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo (1991)

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Mount Pinatubo Philippines

Jc Gellidon

Contributor Jc Gellidon created this amazing drone video of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the site of one of the most explosive volcanic eruptions of the 20th century.  Fortunately, there was sufficient warning such that most of the people directly in harm's way were evacuated and thus avoided injury when the explosion occurred on June 15, 1991.  The eruption pushed over 30 billion tons of dust and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere, disrupting the global climate for at least two years thereafter.  

Oklahoma City Truck Bombing (1995)

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Drone Aerial Cinematography

raphael.elijah

In this video, contributor and drone pilot raphael.elijah gives us a bird's eye view of Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city of the Sooner State.  It's located in the middle of the state, in the heart of the Great Plains region of the USA.  This city was the site of one of the most infamous acts of terror in US history: on April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people and causing widespread devestation in the central district of the city.  

Atlanta Olympic Bombing (1996)

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Flying Around Centennial Park

Bumble Bee Productions

Centennial Olympic Park was created as a gathering spot for visitors and residents to enjoy during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. It is forever associated with one of the more infamous events in Olympic history - the pipe bombing which occurred on July 27, roughly mid-way through the Hames of the XXVI Olympiad as they were officially known.  The explosion killed two and injured about a dozen.  In this drone video by Bumble Bee Productions, you will get a bird's eye view of the park and its urban surroundings. 

OJ Simpson Trial (1995)

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Stanley Mosk Courthouse - Downtown LA

mavictraveler

The Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles was the venue for the Trial of the (20th) Century - twice.  In 1971, following what was billed as the longest and highest profile criminal trial in history, a cult leader named Charles Manson and his followers were convicted for the brutal killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others in the so-called Helter-Skelter Murders.  That proved to be a mere warmup for another West Side multiple homicide trial - that of OJ Simpson, who was acquitted here in 1995.  

Enron Meltdown (2001)

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The Former Enron Tower in Houston

Lone Star Drones

The Houston, Texas skyscraper now known simply as 1400 Smith Street has a storied history.  Seen here in this drone video by Lone Star Drones, the tower was previously named for its major tenant: Enron Corporation, which spectacularly collapsed in late 2001 amidst what is still  considered history's largest accounting scandal.  The first "big story" following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for weeks TV newscasts carried footage of distraught employees outside of what was then known as Enron Center.  

Hurricane Katrina (2005)

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Mercedes Benz Superdome

Bumble Bee Productions

Check out this drone video of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, compliments of Bumble Bee Productions  The 73.2k seat stadium (expandable to 76.5k) opened in 1975 as the home field of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.  It's hosted seven NFL championship games as of 2019, most recently Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.   Famously, the SuperDome became the shelter of last resort when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.  

Minneapolis I-35W Bridge Collapse (2007)

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I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis

gopherdrone

The greatest tragedy to strike modern Minneapolis, Minnesota occurred on August 1, 2007, when the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during evening rush hour.  The structural failure killed thirteen people and injured 145 (including dozens of children on a school bus), dominating international news headlines for days.  In this video, gopher drone gives us an aerial view of the replacement bridge, which was (improbably) completed by the first anniversary of the collapse.

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