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When World War II started the United States had a much smaller military in comparison to the Axis powers, especially Japan and Germany. This must not have been a very comforting fact to those soon entering battle. This exhibit displays to scale how much larger Germany’s and Japan’s militaries were—it’s absolutely ridiculous.
When I look at this exhibit, I think to myself, “How did we do it? How did we win the war?” I know how we did it, but it still seems impossible. It must’ve seemed impossible to so many people back then. I can’t imagine what was going through people’s minds, whether they were fighting or helping back home. We were not ready for this war as you can read in the picture. I think this shows 2 things. One, we were really trying to keep peace which is evident by our military not being that large. Two, when we decided to join the war, everyone wanted to join the military.
Japan and Germany each had been building up their militaries. We were still trying to make the peace from World War I last, so we weren’t focused on increasing our numbers. The United Stated didn’t even want to fight in this war, so why would we grow our military? By the time we decided to join, it was too late to be prepared for this.
By the end of the war, we had more than 12 million soldiers in our military. For our military to grow from 335,000 to 12 million is awe-inspiring. Yes, most of these were from the draft, but over 6 million volunteered. That’s 2x’s more than what Germany started with. It shows how many people believed in our cause. It shows how many people wanted to fight for what’s right.
This exhibit does a great job with conveying how much catching up we needed to do with Japan and Germany. We did that and some.
The Jeep was an integral part of The War. This exhibit goes to great lengths to show some of how they were made. This exhibit has so many parts to it. There's a whole section of an assembly line. There's pretty much 2 Jeeps. There's even an interactive portion. I think this is one of the coolest exhibits in The Museum.
I really enjoy the lengths the curators went to illustrate the process of making the vehicles we used in this war. This exhibit conveys the industrial feeling that was ubiquitous during this time in our country. Fighting in World War II was truly made possible by the population working back home making things like the Jeep to help those fighting win.
This exhibit isn't just about the Jeep. It's also about oil and how it provided a variety of supplies for the Allied Forces. The interactive portion shows a little bit of the actual welding process. There's just so much going on with this exhibit. I think it offers a lot for people to enjoy and learn. That's why I like this exhibit so much. It has so much to offer to help educate us about this aspect of The War.
The C-47 is the largest artifact in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. It's one of the largest on campus. It's pretty surreal walking out of the office, and this thing is the view. It's huge, but for me I think it seems bigger when viewing it from below. I catch myself being in awe of it from time to time.
Sometimes I hear people talking about it, and they're so excited and interested in it. It was extremely versatile and used extensively during The War. Think about all the soldiers and all the supplies it carried. I can’t even fathom that. I can’t even imagine what it must’ve been like, what it must’ve felt like to be in this plane flying over the battlefields. I’m so glad this Museum exists. I'm so proud of its mission and what everyone that works for The Museum does to perpetuate it. Even though so many of us will never know what it was truly like back then, we can at least learn about the past so we can make sure this never happens again.
This beret was one of the original artifacts on display when The National World War II Museum opened as The National D-Day Museum on June 6, 2000. It’s part of The D-Day Invasion of Normandy exhibit that has all the other original artifacts including The Air and Sea Armada. It’s breathtaking to think about how far The Museum has come and how much it’s grown.
This Museum has so many incredible artifacts. The story behind this beret (as pictured) is that the owner was shot at, and the bullet pierced the beret and left a gash in Wally’s head. This beret was actually worn during the war that changed the world. Let that sink in. It was worn by a man that fought for our freedom and helped us win. Wally could’ve been killed, and The Museum probably wouldn’t have gotten this piece of history. It's small artifacts like this one that really bring a sense of humanity and personal experiences to this Museum.
This exhibit is one of the most photographed things at The National WWII Museum. There’s a lot to like about it. It has its own space so nothing else will be in the pictures you take of it. The lighting is superb for your Instas. The simplified geometric shapes of the models fit a lot of people’s aesthetics. However, this exhibit doesn’t look this way just for the sake of it.
This exhibit is positioned away from other things. There’s really nothing next to it. I really like that because there’s nothing else grabbing for your attention. You’ll spend more time looking at the models and reading the information, and that will enable more critical thinking about what happened on D-Day and during World War II in general. I think it’s incredibly important for someone to realize the gravity World War II carried with it. So many people lost their lives fighting for what they believed in.
Operation Overlord was the codename of the plan for D-Day. It was extremely complex. We needed this plan to work. Every ship, every plane, every man counted. The simplified models make you shift your focus from exactly what the planes and ships looked like to the sheer number of our forces needed to execute Operation Overlord. It’s overwhelming to think about how many soldiers fought for the freedom that we have today.
Every time I go see this exhibit, it humbles me. It is indeed beautiful, but we mustn’t forget what it represents.
I'm going to start a new weekly article on my blog called Weekly Artifacts! I'm going to be taking pictures of artifacts and exhibits at The National WWII Museum and writing about 1 a week. I think this project is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I'll get to learn a lot more about the place where I work! I'm really excited about this idea, and I can't wait to start!
I just posted another vlog to YouTube! Check it out here. I walked around the city of New Orleans on St. Patrick's Day, and I had a great time! Let me know what you think of the video!
I'm truly disappointed in myself. I made a goal to post a cover every month this year, and I've already failed. I'm just gonna post 2 covers this month, but it won't really make up for the fact that I missed my goal.
One bright point is that this goal has made me post more videos than I have been recently. I won’t let this discourage me. It’ll just drive me more to not let this happen again.
Context: This was from March 15, 2018.
It’s kind of annoying. I just stayed up until almost 2 a.m. because I brought down my own site last night, and I just took the time to bring it back up. Don't get me wrong. I love being in control of everything, but there's so many things you take for granted these days in terms of making websites and hosting them. I did get my site up again, but it was pretty tedious.
Even just setting up these things above can cause problems. I brought my site down because I was trying to secure it. There's just a lot that CMSs these days relieve you from thinking about.
I can’t help reflect around this time of year on how lucky I am at this point in my life. I have an amazing daughter. I have an incredible girlfriend. I have a job that I absolutely love. I live in the city I basically grew up in. My pets are awesome. There’s just a lot to be thankful for.
Sometimes you forget how much you really have. It’s really nice to think about it once in a while. Sometimes it’ll hit you hard and get you in your feels. I’m just so happy. I love my life!
I’m working Victory is Served: Bringing it Home 1940s Louisiana Style today! It’s my first event for The National WWII Museum! I really couldn’t be more excited.
My boss and I went over to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum yesterday to do a quick rundown and make sure we had everything setup. The vibes there are amazing. There’s so much cool stuff to see. If you’re ever in New Orleans, you should check it out!
I’m going to be moderating our Tagboard and running some Kahoot! quizzes. It’s gonna be a fun night!