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Public-images-osm logo.svg historic = battlefield
Fort Donelson river battery (1).jpg
The site of a battle or military skirmish in the past. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: historic
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

The site of a battle or military skirmish in the past. This could be on land or at sea.

Note that OSM is not a place where events may be mapped, though historic=battlefield may be used to provide context for existing features.

How to map

Place a node node roughly in the middle of where the battlefield was, or draw a area area to indicate its perimeter (which would normally be fairly approximate, but might be the boundaries of a field for example)

Remember to add other tags that indicate what kind of object is present there (for example historic=monument or tourism=information + information=board).

Tags to use in combination

Similar tags and proposals

  • historic=event - proposed (and rejected) tag for location of a historic event
  • boundary=protected_area - some historic battlefields are located in a protected area to preserve historic details.

See also