World War II Communications Room
The WWII Communications Room at AFHM transports visitors back in time as they join a young military lad inside his tent sending out messages using authentic WWII communications equipment. He sits at a US Army Folding Field Desk and is surrounded by a number of era pieces including a US WWII Western Union telegraph, a US Artillery Range Finder, a US Army Switchboard with telegraph keys and a US Army Signal Generator. The communications room not only accurately represents the era but also serves as a reminder of just how far technology has evolved in a relatively brief period of time.
This diorama serves as an excellent learning tool, as many of the youths that come through the museum are not even vaguely familiar with the communication equipment housed inside this display. Display cases flank each side of the tent. One has a number of communication memorabilia and the other has a vide variety of canteen items and equipment. Authentic krations are presented along with some large as well as personal sized cooking pots and utensils. The box of Cracker Jacks is quite unique to this display and often awakens fond memories of many of the museum visitors. Audio accompanies the communications room bringing it to life with just the push of a button.