The sights and sounds of the WWI trench exhibit at the Armed Forces History Museum immediately transports visitors back to 1917. The exhibit comes alive with the sound of gunfire as smoke seeps into the trench. The exhibit features an underground radio control bunker and visitors can listen as the radio operator transmits his messages. A number of artifacts, including a WWI pigeon carrier, dog tag stamping set, a set of eye glasses and a US Bugle are just a few of the items on display in this area of the trench. The area above the trench features posts taken directly from Flanders’ Field in France. A large Fokker DR.1 Red Baron tri-plane model flies overhead as well.
Additional display cases embedded in the trench house a number unique and authentic World War I pieces. Uniforms, rifles, knives, leather leggings and boots and a gas mask are among the items found in the first of the display case in this exhibit. Additional cases house a rare WWI horse’s gas mask, a Haversack, a WWI rifle, scabbard, saddlebag and canteen. WWI photos also adorn each display case further ensconcing visitors in the era.
As part of this extraordinary diorama, two WWI soldiers are seen peering out over the trench in an effort to both safeguard those below and act as surveillance to alert fellow soldiers on any enemy movement. Before exiting this exhibit, one final unexpected display can be found overhead – a large scale replica of a World War I Renault Tank.
As with all the exhibits at the AFHM, items are well marked making it possible to enjoy an educating self-guided tour. This World War I trench exhibit is just the beginning of the time travel experience at the Armed Forces History Museum.
Read about the other outstanding exhibits at the Armed Forces History Museum by clicking on the links below:
- Salute to Service Exhibit
- Firearms/Ordnance and Mines/Grenades Exhibit
- World War I Trench Exhibit
- World War II Pearl Harbor Exhibit
- USMC South Pacific Exhibit
- WWII US Navy Exhibit
- WWII Normandy and French Village Exhibit
- WWII German Farmhouse Exhibit
- WWII Communications Room Exhibit
- Korean War Inchon Landing Exhibit
- Korean War MASH Unit Exhibit
- POW/MIA Exhibit
- Rosie’s Bar Exhibit
- Korean War Frozen Chosin Exhibit
- Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Trail Exhibit
- Vietnam Firebase Exhibit
- Saddam Hussein and Gulf War Exhibit
- Additional Exhibits
- Outdoor Exhibits