Cannon Falls Military History Museum

Cannon Falls Military History Museum A free museum owned and operated by Vietnam Veteran, Vince Cockriel, displaying thousands of items from his 40+ years of collecting military items.

06/30/2019

Press Release... The Cannon Falls Military History Museum will be open Thursday July 4th, Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th from 10 AM until 2 PM with an extensive display of Spanish American War, Mexican Border War and World War One historic military items. Displays include: The Weapons of War, Women at War, Training Camp, Pioneer Infantry, Cavalry, Air Service, Navy, Marine Corps, Spanish American War and Mexican Border War items. All items are from the associated era with no reproductions or remakes, making every item at least 100 years old.

This display features the largest known private collection of WW1 militaria in Minnesota. Because this collection is so extensive, it is anticipated that the museum will be displaying this era indefinitely, bringing in different artifacts on a regular basis. For all of you history buffs, this is a display that you won't want to miss. It will include items from the Indian Wars through the Occupation Of Germany after WW1. Also, newly added, the largest regional collection of “buffalo soldier” artifacts. Come and learn more about these proud soldiers.

Some of the uniforms of past area veterans on permanent display include those from: George VanDenheuvel, Elwood Clarence Smith, Selmer Aslakson, Herbert Matz, Daniel Thompson, Samuel Ellison, Hoogan Brenna, Fredrick Arnold Perrett, L. H. Kath, Arthur L. Forsberg, Dr. William H. Rumpf and Otto O. Palmer.

06/28/2019
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06/26/2019

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Meet the largest class of African American women to graduate from West Point in their 217 year history. West Point admitted their first female cadets in 1976. Henry Flipper, an American soldier, and former slave was the first African American graduate from West Point, graduating in 1877. So this 2019 graduating class is historic on many fronts. Give em’ hell ladies! 👊🏼❤️🔥

And update: we really are moving permanently to Instagram and leaving Facebook so if you want to continue to follow us, follow us there @misfithistory. Some of you have been with us from the very beginning so we wanted to give you notice. We will move in six weeks. Facebook continues to make changes to its algorithm and our posts reach less than 1% of our followers, we have asked why an arts, culture and history page is baring the brunt of Facebooks issues and no response.

The national observance of Flag Day takes place each June 14th and can be attributed to small town Wisconsin teacher Ber...
06/14/2019

The national observance of Flag Day takes place each June 14th and can be attributed to small town Wisconsin teacher Bernard Cigrand who originated the idea in 1885 as a day to celebrate the symbol of our country. He lead his school in the first formal observance of the holiday. In 1916, President Wilson declared June 14th as the day to honor the US Flag.

Cool Old Pic of the Day Club
06/06/2019

Cool Old Pic of the Day Club

A secret unit of the U.S. Army composed of artists, illustrators, radio operators and sound experts known as the “Ghost Army” used inflatable decoy tanks, huge loudspeakers and phony radio transmissions to project the appearance of a massive force throughout the war, diverting German attention away from the landings at Normandy and the Ninth Army’s crossing of the Rhine, among other operations.

The History Project
06/06/2019

The History Project

22 AMAZING PICTURES FROM WORLD WAR 2

The History Project
06/06/2019

The History Project

ON THIS DAY… 75 YEARS SINCE D-DAY!

It was on this day, 6th June back in 1944 when the greatest naval, land and air operation in history began on the beaches of Normandy, France. By the light of the moon, on the 6th of June 1944, the operation was launched.

Operation Overlord had been at least two years in the making, in the early months of 1944 production increased massively in British factories and vast amounts of equipment and supplies from North America travelled across the Atlantic to reach Britain.

A ban on travel was issued on travel to Ireland from Britain from the 12th of March 1944, due to fears the date of D-Day could be revealed.

The aim was to free German-occupied France and to undermine Germany’s hold on western Europe. 156,115 Allied troops landed in Normandy, with 11,590 aircraft, 6939 naval vessels. 5 beaches in Normandy were given the code names of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

By 00.26, Allied forces had managed to secure both Benouville (Pegasus) and Ranville Bridge. This meant that time could be dedicated to the setting up of defences to stop the expected counter-attack of German forces, it also allowed the Allies to take control of the road to transport vital equipment.

By 4.30 British airborne troops had besieged the position of German-long range guns at the Merville Battery.
Between 6.30 and 7.45, forces began to land on the beaches accompanied by aircraft and warships bombing the area around them.

By 09.30, after many more Allied landings, 3 beaches were cleared of enemy forces, Hermanville was taken and Riva Bella Casino strongpoint was seized, however the Allies were stopped from advancing by the Germans and the incoming tide became a problem.

British ceased to advance any closer to Caen, after many long battles and over 250 Allied gliders arrived to prevent further German attacks, it was midnight again and troops had managed to go as far as 6 miles inland.

Whilst all the 5 beaches were taken, the main objective, to reach Caen, was not. High tides and a build-up on the beaches of troops made this impossible. However, D-Day was still a success, even with casualties reaching 10,000 and 2,500 of those men sadly and bravely losing their lives. 21,000 British and Commonwealth men, in total, lost their lives during this campaign.

D-Day was a massive international effort and whilst forces were predominantly made up of American, British and Canadians, forces also came from Australia, Belgium, Greece, Czechoslovakia, The Netherlands, France, New Zealand, Norway, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Poland.

A new memorial site is planned to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it will stand on a commanding site overlooking 'Gold Beach' near the town of Versur-Mer. Today we remember those brave men that paid the ultimate price. Lest we forget. Follow us on our quest to make Facebook more educational in 2019.

Are you already curious to discover what happened tomorrow? Have a great day.

Written by : Amy Heppell

Day Two was a great success. People came from New Ulm, Eau Claire, St Paul, Cottage Grove, Burnsville, Faribault, and ma...
05/27/2019

Day Two was a great success. People came from New Ulm, Eau Claire, St Paul, Cottage Grove, Burnsville, Faribault, and many other surrounding areas.

People came in waves, so the sounds of chatter & laughter were a constant. It was apparent that old friends and neighbors were encountered and new friends were made today. It's also great to see the kids looks of wonderment as 100 year old artifacts are explained to them.

One event stands out... One of our visitors asked us to come outside and see his car. We went out, expecting to see a restored olive drab military vehicle. Instead we saw this car, complete with two little woodchucks in the drivers seat..... I neglected to ask his name, but I know he follows this page. If you care to leave your car story in the comments section, I'm sure many would like to hear it.

Open one more day this holiday - Monday May 27 from 10-2.

We had beautiful weather and a great day at the Museum as we featured special guest Will Smith on the proud history of t...
05/25/2019

We had beautiful weather and a great day at the Museum as we featured special guest Will Smith on the proud history of the US Buffalo Soldiers. It was a pleasure to meet Will. He was friendly, interesting, articulate, and a walking encyclopedia. We will try to get him back sometime in the near future.... Lots of laughs, tears and hugs. I feel so honored every time I get to be in the presence of such greatness. Thank you Will for spending the day with us and sharing all your stories. He was 17 when he headed for an 18 month deployment to Vietnam. It is so vital for us to learn the history and mourn the losses of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. Today will stick out in my mind forever. Thank you to all who joined us 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸 The Museum will be open tomorrow 5/26 and Monday 5/27 from 10-2 each day.

OK boys, when you're done peeling the onions you might as well clean the latrines, since you're already dressed for it.....
05/23/2019

OK boys, when you're done peeling the onions you might as well clean the latrines, since you're already dressed for it....

05/18/2019
Surprise catch. What would you do?
05/14/2019

Surprise catch. What would you do?

In the '50's the de Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle was developed to provide a platform for battlefield reconnaissance for the US...
05/12/2019
de Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle - Wikipedia

In the '50's the de Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle was developed to provide a platform for battlefield reconnaissance for the US Army.

Although designers envisioned that this rotocraft could be steered by shifting body weight, and safely operated by inexperienced pilots with 20 minutes of instruction, it proved to be more difficult than that.

After two crashes, the program was scrapped.

For more information: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Lackner_HZ-1_Aerocycle?fbclid=IwAR37C9nd9jX-yr-jrB8DAb2hmLLQDSHijTDqQ8E8SomBOs7F4i370oRx73w

Happy Mother’s Day!! 🇺🇸
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day!! 🇺🇸

Wednesday May 8th is VE (Victory In Europe) Day..... "All free people should remember it: "You will bring about the dest...
05/12/2019

Wednesday May 8th is VE (Victory In Europe) Day..... "All free people should remember it: "You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world" -- Dwight Eisenhower

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” -George S Patto...
05/10/2019

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” -George S Patton

The Museum will be open Memorial weekend Sat-Mon 10-2. Come on Saturday and meet the incredible Will Smith🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Tech Sergeant William E. Thomas and PFC Joseph Jackson of the 969th Artillery Battalion prepare a basket of Easter eggs ...
04/18/2019

Tech Sergeant William E. Thomas and PFC Joseph Jackson of the 969th Artillery Battalion prepare a basket of Easter eggs for Hitler in March of 1945.

During WW1, aircraft use was new in warfare. Limited mostly to direct observation, no long distance means of reliable de...
04/17/2019

During WW1, aircraft use was new in warfare. Limited mostly to direct observation, no long distance means of reliable detection and early warning had yet been devised. To remedy this, Britain installed a line of 'sound mirrors' to detect and identify incoming enemy aircraft.

The principle is the same as holding cupped hands to your ears. These large structures might look crude, but they were in fact precision scientific instruments able, with skilled operators, to detect and identify aircraft, and also determine the altitude and velocity of the aircraft as well.

Due to the variety and intensity of random noises, the job of the sound mirror operator was difficult and extremely stressful. Shifts were limited to 40 minutes.

These installations were used from 1916 into the 1930's. About then, aircraft had become faster and in 1935, RAdio-based Detection And Ranging (RADAR) was first demonstrated in Britain, and was deployed by Allied Forces shortly thereafter, rendering the listening posts obsolete.

Museum Note: If the history and architecture of these devices interests you, here is a link from the UK where you can explore other installations... http://www.andrewgrantham.co.uk/soundmirrors/

Highlight of today was talking with 97 year-old SSgt Ernie Lamson at the Mpls-St Paul Military Show. Born and raised in ...
04/15/2019

Highlight of today was talking with 97 year-old SSgt Ernie Lamson at the Mpls-St Paul Military Show. Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, he served with the 82nd Airborne 508th Regiment and completed 11 combat jumps. What a guy! 🇺🇸

Test pilot George Aird, on a flight in an English Electric Lightning F1 fighter jet, ejected from his plane at extreme l...
04/08/2019

Test pilot George Aird, on a flight in an English Electric Lightning F1 fighter jet, ejected from his plane at extreme low altitude in Hertfordshire England on September 13,1962. The remarkable photo was published worldwide.

Aird survived, but with multiple injuries after crashing through the roof of a greenhouse. The wreckage of the jet can be seen in a field nearby.

For more information: https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-story-behind-a-famous-photo-of-an-ejection-from-a-raf-lightning-interceptor/

Vince was asked to bring his collection of WWI Buffalo Soldier memorabilia to the Heritage Arms yearly award show at the...
04/03/2019

Vince was asked to bring his collection of WWI Buffalo Soldier memorabilia to the Heritage Arms yearly award show at the Convention Center on March 30, 2019. His collection is the largest in the Midwest and will be on display here at the museum starting Memorial Day weekend! Come check it out🇺🇸

Operation: Military Matters
03/29/2019

Operation: Military Matters

Shipping is a BIG deal when you are shipping more than 100 care packages at a time. This past week for the first time we used Shipthrifty.com to mail all our packages. They specialize in shipping military care packages. Their customer service is awesome and their process was very easy to use! When you ship thousands of care packages a year and find a great company, you want to let others know about them. They do regular shipping too, so be sure to check them out on their website www.shipthrifty.com
#carepackagesfromhome #operationmilitarymatters

The 'real' Rosie the Riveter dies at 96. There have been several famous 'Rosies', so much confusion surrounds the identi...
03/28/2019

The 'real' Rosie the Riveter dies at 96.

There have been several famous 'Rosies', so much confusion surrounds the identity of subjects of the various 'Rosie the Riveter' posters of WWll. This is a 1942 photograph of Naomi Parker Fraley who was the likely inspiration for the pictured famous Rosie the Riveter poster.

For more information: Here is the main source of this posting: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/obituaries/naomi-parker-fraley-the-real-rosie-the-riveter-dies-at-96.html

Here is a graphics collection of military uniforms, implements, and small arms from around the world compiled by Andrea ...
03/28/2019
Andrea Silva

Here is a graphics collection of military uniforms, implements, and small arms from around the world compiled by Andrea Silva... Click the link..... [email protected]/with/36163230322/" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/with/36163230322/

Explore Andrea Silva's 88 photos on Flickr!

The Bald Eagle fights the black eagle (The Reichsadler of  Germany) in this WW1 US Army Air Service recruiting poster ci...
03/23/2019

The Bald Eagle fights the black eagle (The Reichsadler of Germany) in this WW1 US Army Air Service recruiting poster circa 1917......
Artwork by Charles Livingston Bull (1874 - 1932)

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. According to the U.S Department of Defense, over 8 million U.S troops s...
03/21/2019

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. According to the U.S Department of Defense, over 8 million U.S troops served all over the world during the Vietnam War era. Of these 8 million soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, over 58,000 of them died in-theater, and many more afterward due to the toxic effects of Agent Orange and other factors. We thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families for the sacrifices they made, and continue to make, in the service of the United States of America.

Even though Norway and other Scandinavian countries remained neutral during WW1, Germany attacked and occupied Norway ea...
03/21/2019

Even though Norway and other Scandinavian countries remained neutral during WW1, Germany attacked and occupied Norway early in WW2 in the spring of 1940 meeting little resistance. About 300,000 Germans were garrisoned in Norway throughout WW2 until the German surrender in 1945. It is a fascinating read, detailing royalty in exile, resistance, secret police, collaboration, flight of Jews to Sweden, and eventual trials and executions of war criminals and collaborators...

The image shows 30,000 Karabiner 98 kurz military rifles, the standard service rifle of the German Wehrmacht. These were seized by Norway after the German surrender... (this rifle is sometimes referred to incorrectly as the K98 which is actually a Polish carbine). The insets show the rifle detail and the bayonet that was issued with it.

For additional information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_occupation_of_Norway

03/13/2019
Tank Crushes Car (1920-1929)

In 1917 and 1918 a British Mk IV 'female' tank was seen in parades, demonstrations, expositions and various fund raising exercises across Canada and the USA. Female tanks were used during the First World War and carried multiple machine guns instead of the mix of machine guns and large cannon used by the original Mark I tank. In publicity material, newspaper reports and various eyewitness accounts it is almost universally referred to as Britannia. An examination of the photographs available indicates that in fact there were at least two different Mk IV tanks involved. One tank has the name Britannia stencilled across the front plate between the horns. This tank is also painted in some form of camouflage scheme. Other photos show a tank, or possibly more than one tank, with no name on the front plate and no camouflage pattern, in one photo a banner with the name Britannia is carried.

The rare video is from 1918 Toronto despite what the Youtube comments say, and the still photo is from Duluth, MN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_hRl-WXbWM

Most of this information came from Landships II...

https://landships.activeboard.com/t10796868/tanks-in-north-america-the-britannia-enigma/

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