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Saturday, 26 March 2011
06:05:59 PM (GMT)

Locals reported seeing a phantom battle, it was fought by a full army, wagons &
horses and took place just before sunset near their village. Some 50 villagers
watched and later gave graphic accounts of the fight.

 A phantom battle was reported at the village of Buderich in Westphalia, on January
22, 1854:

"Shortly before sunset, an army, of boundless extent, and consisting of infantry,
cavalry, and an enormous number of waggons(sic), was observed to proceed across the
country in marching order. So distinctly seen were all these appearances, that even
the flashing of the firelocks, and the colour of the cavalry uniform, which was
white, could be distinguished. This whole array advanced in the direction of the wood
of Schafhauser, and as the infantry entered the thicket, and the cavalry drew near,
they were all hid at once, with the trees, in a thick smoke. Two houses, also, in
flames, were seen with the same distinctness. At sunset the whole phenomenon
vanished. As respects the fact, government has taken the evidence of fifty
eye-witnesses, who have desposed to a universal agreement respecting the most
remarkable appearance."

Local citizens considered it a supernatural "replay" of a battle that had taken place
nearby some years earlier. There were no battles anywhere in Germany in January 1854,
so the suggestion that it was a mirage of a faraway scene is scarcely more credible.
Last edited: 26 March 2011

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