THE WAR TO END ALL WARS
World War I | 1917 – 1918
The United States watched World War I rage across Europe for three years before it too entered the “war to end all wars” on April 6, 1917. With a small military, the country instituted a draft and federalized the National Guard so that, within months, the US military numbered over 2.8 million men. Deployed to France to fight along their British and French allies, American troops suffered the horrors of trench warfare and proved to be the decided factor in the defeat of Imperial Germany. In this gallery, see the M1917 helmet and ID bracelet of Mississippi’s “Most Decorated Doughboy” Henry Jetton Tudury of Bay St. Louis. Imagine you are a soldier during World War I and walk through the Museum’s most immersive experience in a recreated trench.