World War I
The second photo is a case in our first room with various helmets – US with hand painted camouflage, a German helmet, Austrian and then a simple US “Doughboy” helmet along with various pictures of soldiers on their way to Europe and the victory march in Paris.
Our case of hats from Germany, Saxony, Prussia, Austria, Great Britain and the US along with Remington Enfield rifles and bayonets.
We have two separate cases in the next picture. The one to the left is of a Saline County resident Mr. Vincent Julian, his uniform and a wooden spoon he whittled while in the trenches in France. The case to the right displays a Bavarian pilot coat with helmet and goggles, a German grenade known as a “Potato Masher”, German canteen and pictures of a German observation balloon, machine gun nest and ruins of a bombed building.
The next two cases depict women’s roles in WWI. The first of the American Red Cross- apron and cap, various inhalants that were used along with a hand painted camouflage helmet from a medic division and an etched shell casing. The other case contains a field nurse uniform, memorabilia from a soldier to his wife including a French silk and lace apron, embroidered handkerchief and post card.
Our next case focuses on chemical warfare with two German gasmasks, helmets and canisters along with and American gas mask, a horse gas mask and goggles and a “Klaxon” siren to warn soldiers of gas.
The next case is of the United States Navy and Air Force with a Navy uniform and pilot’s uniform along with hats for each and small memorabilia.
The final display is dedicated to the infantry otherwise known as “Doughboys” with uniform, helmet, leather leg warmers, canteen, meal kit, shaving kit, pocket bibles, bag, postcards, field telephone and various pictures of soldiers in their barracks and in uniform.