At Wünsdorf, a German village and stronghold of the Cold War era in Soviet-controlled East Germany, a statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin sits outside of a military base that once was home to 75,000 soldiers.
Here, on 630 acres of desert in California's Imperial Valley, RVers and others literally set up makeshift homes on concrete slabs that once comprised the foundation of Camp Dunlap, a US Marine Corps base built during World War II and closed in the 1950s.
Built during World War I, Fort Ord in California's Monterey County was home to as many as 50,000 soldiers during its World War II heyday. By the 1990s, it was tagged for closure; its facilities, like this swimming pool, allowed to go to waste.
Today, much of the grounds have been drafted into service by California State University, Monterey Bay.
A moth-eaten Antonov An-2, a single-engine Cold War workhorse built by the Soviet Union (and still used by North Korea), is seen in 2015 at Bulgaria's former 26th Reconnaissance Air Base. Dobrich was closed in 2001.
The Italian island of Lampedusa housed a radio-navigation station, turned US Coast Guard base, turned NATO base. When NATO closed the facility in the 1990s, Italy converted it into a migrant detention center. That use, too, eventually passed.
A coyote roams a runway at the Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, California. The facility was shuttered for good in 1999, about a year after this picture was snapped. The former station is now a multi-use complex with housing and shopping.
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As of 2010, this is what remained of a volleyball court and stands at Camp in Guantanamo Bay.
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Into the woods
Built for the Royal Air Force during World War II, the Woodbridge station near England's Rendlesham forest became a key Cold War-era base for the US Air Force. The US left in the 1990s, but a supposed UFO landing there in 1980 kept Woodbridge on the map, literally, as this trail marker indicates.
Portions of the former base are currently used by British forces, though they're once again targeted for closure.
This pastoral scene, captured in 2016 at the former Greenham Common Royal Air Force station in Berkshire, England, is a far cry from the early 1980s, when 35,000 gathered to protest the World War II-era base's Cold War transformation into a US hosting ground for nearly 100 nuclear-armed cruise missiles.
Camp X-Ray was used in 2002 and 2003 to hold prisoners of war captured during the earliest days of the US-led war in Afghanistan. Always intended to be temporary digs, the camp gained notoriety for allegations of detainee mistreatment.
In the Cold War-era Baltics, in what's now Lithuania, an estimated 10,000 Soviet soldiers built an underground ballistic-missile site. Today, the only Soviet soldiers there are the dummies that "staff" the abandoned facility turned museum.
During the Cold War, 16 missile sites were installed in the Los Angeles area. Pictured are the graffiti-covered remains of LA-29, the site that stood at the ready in the Puente Hills near the L.A. County-Orange County border. LA-29 was deactivated in 1971.
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Here's looking at you, kid
This is the battered entrance to the long-closed U.S. naval prison at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in KIttery, Maine. Opened in 1908, the so-called "Alcatraz of the East" housed more than 80,000 inmates over eight decades, and, legend has it, saw sailor Humphrey Bogart socked in the mouth by an inmate he was escorting through its halls.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, soldiers were stranded in the sapped superpower's former territories. Defections were rampant. From the looks of this kitchen in a Soviet army camp in what was then East Germany, some defections were especially hasty.
From the late 1800s to the early 1990s, minus a break during World War II, the US military maintained its largest naval base outside of the United States at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Later, the former base was said to be a source of toxic waste, including asbestos, as pictured in 2006.