The Global War Gallery will tell the story of the Army’s operations around the globe during World War II. Occupying 6,500 square feet, it will be the largest within the Fighting for the Nation Galleries. The gallery’s main focus begins in 1941, running through the end of the war, and explores how over eight million Soldiers bravely served at home and abroad during this turbulent time.
Entering the gallery, visitors will first be drawn to a large, six-foot-diameter globe. Projected onto the globe will be a Battle History Introduction media piece which takes visitors through a geographically based dramatization of the course of the entire war. Four adjacent interactive stations will allow visitors to delve deeper by exploring specific themes and battles.
The “Technology and Tactics” exhibit will run through the center of the gallery and highlight innovations and uses for equipment, technology, and personnel that were instrumental to Allied success. From specialized airborne and mountain troops, to new armored vehicles and innovative weapons and equipment, visitors will learn about the many advancements made during this period.
Within the large space will be a number of iconic macro artifacts that played important roles in the eventual defeat of the Axis powers in 1945. One of these artifacts will be an LCVP “Higgins Boat” known for its role in the D-Day landings at Normandy in June 1944. One of the few remaining craft from the actual landings, the LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel) will be part of a large tableaux that explores the importance of amphibious assaults during World War II. The “Army Combat Team” interactive experience will allow visitors to hear the stories of some of the many Soldiers involved in amphibious landings.
Specific exhibits exploring the European and Pacific Theaters will also be featured in this comprehensive gallery. Through Soldiers’ stories and dramatic macro artifacts, the gallery will address the personal as well as the universal impacts of the conflict. Overall, this spacious gallery will embody the enormity of the war and its lasting effect on the United States and the world.