WORLD WAR I

THE WAR TO END ALL WARS

First World War | 1917 – 1918
The United States watched World War I rage across Europe for 3 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 exhibit, see the M1917 helmet and ID bracelet of Mississippi’s “Most Decorated Doughboy” Henry Jetton Tudury of Bay St. Louis. Curious to how women contributed to the war effort? See a photograph of Natchez native Reinette Fischel, and read about the role of American Red Cross workers. Imagine you are a soldier during the First World War and walk through the Museum’s most immersive experience in a recreated trench.

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