BATTLE OF THE GREAT POWERS
World War II | 1941 – 1945
The tension of the 1930s exploded in Europe and Asia as the world became embroiled in another global conflict. The United States watched as Germany raced across Europe and defeated nation after nation while Japan invaded China and made moves towards America’s far eastern bases. On December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the US was thrust into World War II. From then, America fought to defend her freedom and liberate oppressed peoples on two fronts across the globe in what would become the deadliest war in human history. In the Museum’s largest gallery, explore Mississippi’s contributions to World War II through a vast selection of stories and artifacts, including handmade artifacts from German prisoners of war who were captured in North Africa and housed at military bases throughout Mississippi, a large-scale diorama recognizing three Mississippians of the Wereth 11 who died during the Battle of the Bulge, the WAVES uniform worn by Petty Officer First Class Cecile Boyd Bennett of Petal, and much more.