First Usage of Poison Gas

An archival collection (viewable through the Museum's online collections database) recently acquired by the Museum examines this new warfare from the experience of a German officer and gas school

Australian Infantry Uniform and Equipment

When the Australian Imperial Force was formed soon after the beginning of World War I in August 1914, a mobilization not only of men and women to serve on the war front and the home front had to occur

Under Two Flags at War

The donation from Christian Celius Nicolaisen's great-nephew, Donald R. Hurd, of Billings, Mont., features Nicolaisen’s Imperial German tunic with shoulder straps for the 86th Fusiliers, his feldmutz

Wills's Cigarettes Cards

The Museum acquired 19 color illustrated cardboard cigarette cards originally from packages of the Wills’s Cigarettes brand. The cards depict various branches of the British armed forces, such as the

Belgian Automatic Pistol

A recent acquisition of the Museum is a same Model 1910 pistol, made at the same arsenal, Fabrique Nationale D’Armes de Guerre, Herstal, Belgium. It is marked with Belgian military acceptance marks.

German Soldier Medals

Karl Gottlob Männer was born on Nov. 2, 1879 in Adelberg, Germany. He enlisted at the age of 19 and served as Acting Officer, machine gun company, Württemberg King Karl Grenadier Regiment 123, 27th

Blue Star Mothers Painting

A recent donation to the Museum is a painting done in 1969 by Daniel MacMorris in preparation for creating his mural in Memory Hall on the Blue Star Mothers.

Filling the Ranks

By February 1917, the United States was on the verge of war, though the country was almost totally unprepared. After entering World War I, The U.S. had to build training camps for millions of new

Doughboys

Indelibly tied to Americans, “Doughboys” became the most enduring nickname for the troops of General John Pershing’s American Expeditionary Forces, who traversed the Atlantic to join war weary Allied

Unrestricted U-boat Warfare

At the dawn of 1917, the German high command forced a return to the policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, engineering the dismissal of opponents of the policy that aimed to sink more than 600,000

Oral Histories

These interviews, recorded between 1978 and 1980, allowed surviving veterans of the First World War to share their experiences, in their own words. The recordings have been digitized and are now

The Fourteen Points

In his war address to Congress on April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson spoke of the need for the United States to enter the war in part to “make the world safe for democracy.” Almost a year later,

Paris Peace Conference: Treaties Signed

During the course of the Paris Peace Conference, three treaties were signed with members of the former Central Powers, with two additional treaties finalized after the official closing of the

The Hundred Days Offensive

The Hundred Days Offensive was a series of attacks by the Allied troops at the end of World War I. Starting on August 8, 1918, and ending with the Armistice on November 11, the Offensive led to the

Baseball and the Star Spangled Banner

One aspect of American life not anticipated to be uprooted by World War I: Major League Baseball. Hundreds of current and future MLB players served in WWI. Due to shorthanded rosters, the 1918