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Commemorative Brick Installation Slated for September

The National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) Commemorative Brick program has reached another major milestone—installation on the Museum campus. Production of the bricks began in 2017, and the first finished batch of the over 7,500 bricks purchased to date has been delivered to the Museum site at Fort Belvoir, Va. As of September, …

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French Infantry Musket, M1728 (“Charleville”)

Written By: Paul Morando, Chief of Exhibits, National Museum of the United States Army It is well known that support from France helped secure the American victory against the British during the Revolutionary War. The import of weapons, to include thousands of “Charleville” muskets, proved crucial in solidifying France’s commitment to American independence. It also …

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The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion

Written By: David Lemelin  It was almost sundown near the village of Neucy, Belgium.  A thick fog had settled over the ground, worsening the already poor twilight visibility.  SS Lieutenant Colonel Joachim Peiper squinted down the road, past the lead tanks of his panzer column and towards the Neufmoulin Bridge, a small wooden structure barely …

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Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I

Written By: Betsy Rohaly Smoot  “This source of information, practically unthought-of before the war, has been developed to such an extent that, at the close of hostilities, it constituted one of the main branches of intelligence.”  Captain Charles H. Matz, Radio Intelligence Officer, First Army, American Expeditionary Forces, November 1918 The United States entered World …

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Artwork of Samuel Johnson Woolf

Written By: Katie Holt An artist well known for his portraits of twentieth-century influential figures, Samuel Johnson Woolf spent four months in France during World War I with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF).  As an artist-correspondent for Collier’s Weekly, Woolf was embedded in the trenches along the front and behind the lines.  Immediately upon returning …

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