Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Inside the World War I Museum

Horses were used a lot in the Great War.  Although this shows four horses, actually six were used to pull a caisson.  They were guided not by reins, but by men who were riding them; thus, the saddles. 

Airplanes played a small part in the war.

This thing is a far cry from the Bradley my son was in, back during Desert Storm.  There's a video you can watch that shows a guy driving a restored tank like the one in the picture.

 The war began in 1914, but the United States didn't get involved until 1917.  Once they plunged in, they put out plenty of propaganda to get everybody involved.  

Even back then, there were Harleys.  

There are dozens of firearms of various kinds displayed, but Cliff and I agreed this was our favorite.  We want one, just because it looks so cool.  Not that we'll every be getting one; we've heard they are highly collectable and very expensive.   

We spent about five hours there yesterday, and still didn't see the special exhibit that shows World War I from the German soldier's viewpoint.  Our tickets are good for two consecutive days, but we really don't want to spend two days there in a row.  
If you ever have a chance to go, this is a museum that is well worth visiting.  

As we exited the parking lot, I saw something strange ahead of us. 
"Look Cliff, that looks like a bunch of tents!  What are there tents set up in the middle of the city?"
I thought of my camera after it was too late, but what we were looking at was the Kansas City "Occupy" bunch.  The video above was made in September; the camp looked much colder and damper that this yesterday.  


Forty Pound Sack said...

Looks like an interesting way to spend an afternoon ~

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You do have many interesting places to visit close by there. Glad you are getting out and seeing the sights. Soon the snow and cold will be keeping me in for the most part. We've been very fortunate in our weather here this year but the rain continues. We have gone well over the record for our part of the state as far as rainfall goes. Hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one


Love the horses and caisson. Such an important part of history. Didn't know they had Harleys back then. You learn something NEW each day. Looks like quite the relic. Got a kick out of the rules of air combat. Particularly, "Always try to secure advantages BEFORE attacking. And, Always CARRY through an attack when you've started it." Looks like an interesting day at the museum. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Lindie said...

My grandfather drove a motorcycle in WW1. I have pictures of him on it. He was also in WW2, along with 2 of his sons. I am looking forward to the movie Warhorse coming out on Christmas Day. that is about WW1. (not that I will go see it on Christmas!)

madcobug said...

Very interesting stuff! Helen

Margaret said...

My grandfather fought in France in WWI but he never talked about it. Trench warfare was awful!