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Vietnam War Weapons

Vietnam War Weapons

The Vietnam Rifles in the Vietnam Display are the:  American M14 rifle, American M16 rifle , Russia AK47 rifle, Swedish Carl Gustav M45 submachine gun, Chinese Type 53 Carbine, American M79 grenade launcher, and Chinese Type 56 SKS Rifle

Vietnam 1961-1973 Display

Vietnam 1961-1973 Display

The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist nations. The Viet Cong, a lightly armed South Vietnamese communist-controlled common front largely fought a guerrilla war.

 

Iwo Jima Display

Iwo Jima Display

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945),  was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire. The American invasion had the goal of capturing the entire island, along with its three airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands.[2] This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.

American Weapons Display

American Weapons Display

Included in the American Weapons of World War Two Display are the Thompson submachine gun, the M1 Garand, an early extremely rare developmental model M1 Garand known as the "gas trap" Garand, the M1 carbine and it's paratroop version, the Springfield 1903 bolt action rifle and its sniper variant, the M1911 pistol, the M3 Grease Gun and the BAR Browning Automatic Rifle. 

Russian Weapons Display

Russian Weapons Display

The Russian Weapons display contains the classic small arms employed by Soviet armed forces during World War Two. Several gained iconic status and saw use well beyond WW2 in other conflicts. Contained in the display are the DP28 light machine gun, the Mosin Nagant M1891 Rifle, Tokarev M1940 SVT, the Mosin Nagant Carbine, the Mosin Nagant Revolver, the Tokarev 1933 Pistol, the PPSH-41 and PPS 43 submachine guns. 

Italian Weapons Display

Italian Weapons Display

The Italian Weapons of World War Two Display contains the Model 1938 Carcano rifle and its carbine version, the Beretta Model 1938 submachine gun, and the M1934 9MM pistol. 

British Weapons Display

British Weapons Display

The British Weapons of World War Two Display contains : the Bren Mark II Light Machine Gun, the Mark II STEN submachine gun, the Webley Mark IV .38 Revolver, the Inglis High Power Pistol, the No 2 Mark 1 Enfield Revolver, the Lee Enfield No 1 Mark III Rifle, the Lee Enfield No 4 Mark 1 Rifle, and the Lee Enfield No 5 Mark 1 Jungle Carbine. 

French Weapons Display

French Weapons Display

The French Weapons of World War Two Display contains the following: a MAS 1936 7.5 mm Rifle, the MAS 38 Submachine gun, the M1892 Ordinance 8 mm Revolver, and the Model 1935 A 7.65 mm Pistol. 

German Weapons Display

German Weapons Display

The German Weapons Display contains many small arms used by the German Military during World War Two. Included in the display are several well known German weapons including the 98K Rifle, the STG-44, the very successful MG42 Light Machine gun, the P08 Luger, MP40 machinepistol and the Walther PPK. There are also several lesser known weapons made in other countries by contract or aquired by occupation during the war.  

Japanese Weapons Display

Japanese Weapons Display

The Japanese Weapons of World War 2 display contains the follwoing: Type 38 Arisaka 6.5 mm rifle, Type 44 Arisaka 6.5 mm carbine, Type 2 7.7 mm paratroop rifle, Type 99 Arisaka 7.7 mm rifle, Type 89 mortar, Type 99 Nambu light 7.7 mm machine gun, Type 11 6.5 mm light  machine gun, Type 99 rifle, late war type 99 rifle, Model 14 Nambu 8mm pistol, and Type 1 Italian made rifle.

155 mm MLE 1918 Howitzer

155 mm MLE 1918 Howitzer

MLE 1918 155mm Howitzer is the U.S. version of the French 1917 howitzer commonly referred to as a Schneider. This is the same type of gun that fired the last artillery round in World War I.

Post-Civil War to 1900 Weapons

Post-Civil War to 1900 Weapons

The .45 caliber trapdoor rifle would remain in use with the Regular Army until 1894 and with the National Guard in various states until at least 1905.   The .45 caliber Model 1884 carbine was replace in 1896 with a .30 caliber carbine version of the Krag-Jorgensen, although the trapdoor would continue to be used by the National Guard into the early part of the 20th century. The Model 1896 Krag-Jorgensen carbine was used by the cavalry of the Regular Army and the majority of Volunteer cavalry units during the Spanish-American War.

Parrot Riffle

Parrot Riffle

One of the most accurate artillery pieces in the Civil War was the Parrot Rifle. A former Army captain and West Point graduate named Robert Parker Parrott patented the process that allowed the production of this rifle in 1861.

Civil War Western Theater

Civil War Western Theater

Union General Halleck was given command of the Western Theater.  In 1862 Union General Grant’s Army of the Tennessee was to take control of the Tennessee River while General Buell's Army of the Ohio was to move down from Cincinnati and take Nashville on the Cumberland River.  Flag Officer David Farragut led a Union assault up the Mississippi River. By April 25, he was in command of New Orleans.

Civil War Eastern Theater

Civil War Eastern Theater

In the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, 35,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of  “Stonewall” Jackson forced a greater number of Union forces (or Federals) to retreat towards Washington, D.C., dashing any hopes of a quick Union victory and leading Lincoln to call for 500,000 more recruits.  it became clear that the war would not be a limited or short conflict.  George B. McClellan replaced the aging General Winfield Scott as supreme commander of the Union Army after the first months of the war.

Civil War Fighting Tactics

Civil War Fighting Tactics

Smooth bore Muskets of the 1700’s Came in various bore diameters, from the French Charleville and early US military muskets at .69 calibers, to the British Brown Bess of nominal .75 calibers. The smooth-bore musket is accurate to maybe 50 yards when aimed. A round ball fired from a smooth barrel is fairly unstable and just not very accurate. Hitting a target over 50 or so yards becomes as much a matter of luck as skill.  

 

West Point Display

West Point Display

West Point Uniforms: Donated by LTC & Mrs Clair Goodrich, in memory of their Son, MAJ Michael Goodrich and family who were killed in a accident in Switzerland while on vacation from Germany.  Cadet Parade Uniform with feathered (Shaka) denoting Cadet Officer.  Cadet winter uniform, worn daily for classes.  Cadet Class Ring: Class of 1931 (On loan form the West Point Association)  Cadet Winter Overcoat (Usually seen during Army/Navy Football games.  Cadet Parade Hat (Tar Bucket) w/single plume worn by cadet Enlisted men/women..

Pre-Civil War Weapons

Pre-Civil War Weapons

Flintlock muskets were the mainstay of European armies between 1660 and 1840.  A musket was a muzzle-loading smoothbore long gun that was loaded with a round lead ball  or a mixture of ball with several large shot (called buck and ball), and had an effective range of about 120 to 130 yards.  The beginning of the Mexican War coincided with a shift in the from the flintlock firing system to the much more reliable percussion cap ignition system.  Flintlock muskets were temperamental weapons and often failed to discharge

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