M20CW - Museum of 20th Century Warfare

M20CW - Museum of 20th Century Warfare We are an all volunteer museum. We are open weekends 10 to 4 in early spring and fall and 10 to 6 d Located in the Historic Camp Glenn Area in Fort Harrison State Park.

We are right across from the horse stables in building 711. The main museum building will be open from the first weekend in March to the weekend or just after Veteran's Day. Our Battle of the Bulge display will be open mid December through mid January in one of the nearby rental buildings (701). The Battle of the Bulge re-enactment is the first weekend in January.

Operating as usual

Bless the mothers of those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
09/27/2021

Bless the mothers of those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Timeline Photos
09/27/2021

Timeline Photos

Camp Pendleton, home to I Marine Expeditionary Force, turns 77 today! The official dedication of MCB Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, took place on September 25, 1942. Share your favorite memories of MCB Pendleton below.

Our calendar of events for 2022 has been approved by the state park.
09/26/2021

Our calendar of events for 2022 has been approved by the state park.

Our calendar of events for 2022 has been approved by the state park.

Very nice place to visit.
09/26/2021

Very nice place to visit.

On September 26, 1918 the Battle of Argonne began. This was the last major offensive of World War I as the French and Americans attacked the Germans along a 40-mile front. This attack lasted until Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, bringing an end to the Great War.

Did you know the 150th F.A. Regiment 1st Indiana Field Artillery, under the command of Hoosier Colonel Robert H. Tyndall, was a part of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in the early morning of November 1. Learn more about the 150th F.A. Regiment and Colonel Tyndall at the Indiana War Memorial Museum, open Wednesday through Sunday from 9a.m.-5p.m.

#WWI
#IndianaWarMemorialMuseum

Our hearts go out to all the Gold Star Mothers.
09/26/2021

Our hearts go out to all the Gold Star Mothers.

Today we honor the Mothers and Families of the fallen. The last Sunday in September is set aside to recognize the Mothers who raised men and women who were willing to raise their right hand and promise to support and defend our great nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Gold Star Mothers and Families Day 26 September 2021

On This Day- 26 Sept 2021- Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families Day.  We remember the sacrifices these mothers and f...
09/26/2021
Gold Star Mother's Day and Gold Star Family's Day

On This Day- 26 Sept 2021- Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families Day. We remember the sacrifices these mothers and families have endured. Take a moment and remember their loved ones who gave their last full measure.

Gold Star Mother's Day and Family's Day is recognized on September 27th. U.S. Army North Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, addresses this day...

26  Sept 1941 - Is the birthday of he United States Army's Military Police. They provide an important function in the fu...
09/26/2021

26 Sept 1941 - Is the birthday of he United States Army's Military Police. They provide an important function in the full spectrum of Army operations as a member of the Maneuver, Fires, and Effects division. The Military Police Corps provides expertise in policing, detainment, and stability operations in order to enhance security and enable mobility. Military Police are actively utilized in direct combat and during peacetime.

09/23/2021

Tiger 712 getting back on track(s).

Weapons of WWI- The Trench Shotgun.
09/23/2021

Weapons of WWI- The Trench Shotgun.

THROWBACK THURSDAY "Model of 1917 Trench Shotgun" - #WWI

When U.S. troops began to arrive in France in late 1917, most were to be equipped with French and British weapons, but they also brought with them an interesting mix of small arms. Some of them, like the M1911 pistol and the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) were greatly advanced for their time. Another, and uniquely American weapon, was the Model 1917 Trench Shotgun.

Based on the Wi******er Model 1897 Shotgun designed by John M. Browning of the Wi******er Repeating Arms Company. With the barrel modified to be fitted with a bayonet, the weapon was adopted into the U.S. Army as the Model of 1917 Trench Shotgun, which Doughboys commonly called the "Trench Gun," and the "Trench Sweeper."

Europeans generally considered a shotgun to be nothing more than a bird-hunting piece, but the U.S. Army was familiar with the man-stopping power of 00 buckshot from its recent campaigns in the Philippines and Mexico. American military leaders recognized that the firepower of the pump-action shotgun could provide a soldier with a definite advantage over his German enemy in trench fighting. With its external hammer and tube magazine capable of holding six rounds, a Doughboy could launch nine 00 (.33-caliber) buckshot pellets at his opponent with each pull of the trigger.

09/23/2021

When it got clear the attempts to hold the Arnhem bridge was impossible during Operation Market Garden, the Commander of the 1st British Airborne division, Major-General Roy Urquhart ordered the Division to concentrate in the Oosterbeek area and form a defensive pocket that stretched down to the riverbank of the Rhine. This area is known as the Oosterbeek Perimeter. For all those who fought in the perimeter, which the Germans called 'Der Hexenkessel' (Witchess’ Couldron), the five days and nights seemed to be rolled into one – a hell of continuous mortar and shell fire, of constant vigil against attack.

Time had little meaning as the battle raged on: lack of food and sleep were the hardest to bear. Houses were reduced to rubble or set on fire and in the neat gardens and in the woods there were hastily dug graves of bodies, British and German, lying where they fell. Burnt-out Jeeps and fallen trees blocked the roads and everywhere there were spent cardridge cases; overall there was the pervading smell of damp earth and burnt cordite. Under these conditions the airborne soldiers fought on doggedly hoping for relief by the ground troops. On Friday, 22 september 1944 the leading brigade of 43rd Wessex Division finally reached the riverline, and hopes rose that they would soon be across, but this could not be archived. Lance corporal Ginger Wilson recalls;

“We were mortared almost continually, and lost more men, especially from bomb burst in the trees, so we make head cover for our slit trenches. The Germans launched an attack across the open ground, but we shot the lot; they were allowed to pick up their wounded. The cellar in the big house was full of wounded. Every available space was filled, and there were bodies laid at the back. A little Dutch girl called Dina was helping to feed our lads, with what little food there was.”

📸 Picture: The C Company of the 1st Border was commanded by Major William Neill, pictured on the left. Next to him in the slit trench at Van Lennepweg in Oosterbeek is Lieutenant John McCartney, commander of the No.28 Medium Machine Gun Platoon. Major Neill was wounded but continued to lead his troops and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for bravery and leadership.

Source: A tour of the Arnhem battlefields - John Waddy

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09/23/2021

Photograph taken in Korea on the 3rd of June 1952, of one of the innocent victims of the Korean war, Chan, an orphan.

Chan is saluting Corporal E. G. Dowell of Hurstville, NSW, as thanks for one of the few toys he has ever had in his life, a wooden pull along toy with a duck in the centre of it, made by the members of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR).

Lest We forget.

Photograph come from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM HOBJ3125.

Photos from All Things USS Indianapolis CA-35's post
09/23/2021

Photos from All Things USS Indianapolis CA-35's post

We need a Marine !  We're inventorying more of our collection and have a black Marine coat. It's was a private purchase ...
09/19/2021

We need a Marine ! We're inventorying more of our collection and have a black Marine coat. It's was a private purchase ( tag states approved by USMC) and we figure it is an officers dress coat from the 50's or 60's. We need to know when it would've been worn or any other info you might have about it.

74 years and flying faster and higher than ever.
09/19/2021

74 years and flying faster and higher than ever.

Happy 74th Birthday to the United States Air Force.

If you're hungry or want to hear some cool blues you've got about an hour and a half to come out for the Friends of Ft H...
09/18/2021

If you're hungry or want to hear some cool blues you've got about an hour and a half to come out for the Friends of Ft Harrison State Parks Blues & Barbecue event. It runs till 7 PM today (18 Sept).

Welcome neighbors ! Come and visit us in the park sometime.
09/18/2021
The Otis at Fort Ben Newest Addition to Cultural Campus

Welcome neighbors ! Come and visit us in the park sometime.

Cityscape Residential recently opened The Otis at Fort Ben, a $31 million community bringing 261 luxury apartments to the area near the new Fort Ben Cultural Campus and Fort Harrison State Park. We get details on the project from Jim Thomas.

18 Sept 1947-The U.S. Air Force was born. Previously it had been a component of the U.S. Army.General Carl A. Spaatz bec...
09/18/2021
US Air Force Birthday Tribute

18 Sept 1947-The U.S. Air Force was born. Previously it had been a component of the U.S. Army.
General Carl A. Spaatz became the first Chief of Staff of the Air Force on 26 September 1947. When General Spaatz assumed his new position, the first Secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, was already on the job, having been sworn in on 18 September 1947. He had been Assistant Secretary of War for Air and had already worked closely with General Spaatz. The new Air Force was fortunate to have these two men as its first leaders. They regarded air power as an instrument of national policy and of great importance to national defense. Both men also knew how to promote air power and win public support for the Air Force.

In honor of the United States Air Force birthday, we pay tribute.

Happy Birthday to our Air Force ! Thank you to all our Air Force veterans.
09/18/2021

Happy Birthday to our Air Force ! Thank you to all our Air Force veterans.

Happy birthday United States Air Force. Thank you for 74 years of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all you do! Aim high.

Remembering our POW/MIA'S.
09/17/2021

Remembering our POW/MIA'S.

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, when Americans are asked to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by the military men and women who are imprisoned or unaccounted for as a result of their military service. #powmiaday #youareneverforgotten

Slow salute to you sir with respect.
09/17/2021

Slow salute to you sir with respect.

Today we remember Sheldon E. Oakes.
World War II
Date of Death: Sept. 17, 1943
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
443rd Bomber Squadron, 320th Bomber Group, Medium
Entered Service From: Massachusetts
North Africa American Cemetery, Tunisia
Buried: Plot A Row 20 Grave 14
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Service # 11051785

#WeRemember #WWII #Massachusetts

We will have special display on Saturday Sept 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM of uinforms, equipment and weapons used by both side...
09/17/2021

We will have special display on Saturday Sept 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM of uinforms, equipment and weapons used by both sides in Operation Market Garden.

09/17/2021

Coming up this weekend. Come out and support the best state park Friends group in Indiana !

September 17, 2021 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an observance that honors those who were prisoners of war (POW...
09/17/2021
POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 17, 2021 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an observance that honors those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are still missing in action (MIA).
It is recognized on the third Friday of September.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an observance that honors those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are still missing in action (MIA). ...

#OTD in 1942 - On the Homefront.
09/14/2021

#OTD in 1942 - On the Homefront.

On September 14, 1942, a news item from Alexandria reported that women were flocking to work in canneries in Madison County due to homefront labor shortages during World War II. The U.S. Employment Service, a federal agency, worked to place workers in critical agriculture jobs during the war.

Among the canneries in Madison County that employed the female workers was the Orestes Canning Company. The company was established earlier that year by Grover Hutcherson and his daughter Fran. The business would eventually rebrand as Red Gold in the 1970s.

Learn more about women’s agricultural work on the homefront in WWII here: https://bit.ly/3yWyyaK

The image below, showing a recruitment poster for The U.S. Employment Service, is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

FYI-Tiger tank 712 progress
09/14/2021

FYI-Tiger tank 712 progress

Rest in Peace Sailor.  Only 4 survivors left now, so sad.
09/14/2021

Rest in Peace Sailor. Only 4 survivors left now, so sad.

The world lost an incredible man yesterday, and we just won’t ever be the same without him. USS Indianapolis Survivor Dick Thelen passed away Monday, September 13th, at the age of 94.

Dick was one of the youngest crew members, and had joined USS Indianapolis just prior to her final sailing, in May of 1945. In the late 1950’s, Dick joined other survivors, helping to plan the first USS Indianapolis reunion, and throughout the years played an integral role in the organization.

He was a leader, a friend, a storyteller, a jokester, a smart aleck… he was wise, and generous, fun, and always honest. He taught us to Never Give Up, and to fight for what’s right, even when the going gets tough.
We’ll miss you Dick, but we’ll never forget you. And we’ll never stop sharing your story. Rest easy sailor, we have the watch.

Celebrate "Uncle Sam Day" today, 13 September.
09/13/2021
Minute of History: Uncle Sam

Celebrate "Uncle Sam Day" today, 13 September.

Story on Sam Wilson of Troy, whom sold beef to the Army commissary Department During the war of 1812. Governement Purchasing Agents stamped his barrels with...

09/13/2021

Today, on this 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we take a moment to share the story of one of our own USS Indianapolis family members, retired U.S. Navy Capt. William Toti. As many of you may know, Toti was the final captain of the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Indianapolis SSN-697, and is an honorary survivor of USS Indianapolis (CA-35). He was at work that morning in Admiral William Fallon's office in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck, killing 125 people inside the building, plus all 64 passengers aboard the flight.

After the crash, Toti ran through the smoke-filled passageways trying to find people in need of help. He shared with the Ormond Beach Observer, “It was all-consuming, and I would say for the first 20 minutes or so, the number of injured outweighed the number of us who were there to respond. He noticed an emergency exit door nearby, and saw that there appeared to be someone stuck inside. He ran in to help, and ended up tripping over a woman because of the amount of smoke inside. He called for help, and the woman was carried outside, so badly burned her skin was coming off in sheets in their hands, Toti said. Her name was Antoinette. She mistook him for a doctor and asked him if she was going to die. He told her no, something he struggled with for many years after he heard she died a few days later in the hospital.” He dedicated an editorial piece to her, published in the New York Times.(article link here: www.nytimes.com/2004/08/02/arts/three-thousand-antoinettes.html)

As many of us reflect upon the events of that day, our focus often turns to the horrors of what took place in New York, with some focus on the other equally tragic events that took place in DC and Pennsylvania. Let us not forget the entire scope of what took place that day. "Four coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda, an Islamist extremist group, against the United States. The attacks began at 8:46 a.m. EST on September 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed a hijacked commercial jet into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. A second hijacked jet crashed into the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. A third hijacked plane hit the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., and a fourth hijacked plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field at 10:03 a.m., after passengers and crew aboard attempted to retake the aircraft from terrorists. In less than two hours, 2,977 innocent people lost their lives, and our country changed forever.” (September 9, 2021 by Jenny Ashcraft)

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO FORGET what took place that day, two decades ago, or how we all came together as a country afterwards -- like we had done 60 years prior, following the Pearl Harbor attack - standing unified as one nation, under God, indivisible, prepared to fight for liberty and justice for all. Today, and always, let us not forget our past, and let us use the lessons that resulted to make a better tomorrow.

This weekend is our Vietnam Living History weekend but we took time this morning to remember and honor those who lost th...
09/11/2021

This weekend is our Vietnam Living History weekend but we took time this morning to remember and honor those who lost their lives 20 years ago as a result of the attacks on 9/11 as well as those who've made the ultimate sacrifice in the GWOT over the past 20 years and especially the 13 service members and those wounded in the most recent su***de bomb attack. Chaplain Romans gave us a message and thoughts to ponder.

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5753 Glenn Road, (for GPS Directions Use 5900 Post Road)
Indianapolis, IN
46216

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

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06-05-21. What do you do when the General gets hungry? Call Pizza Hut...
Soldiers through Time 2021
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"I don't much care if it is Baseball Season. Won't be takin' kindly to no 'Yankees' fans here in this camp." :)
Museum of 20th century warfare Ft Harrison Indianapolis Indiana
05-01-21. M20CW Soldiers Thru Time event, Vietnam-era. Here are a few pics from the first stroll through the woods.
05-01-21. M20CW Soldiers Thru Time event, Vietnam-era. Here are a few pics from around the camp. More to follow.
05-01-21. Just started looking at my pics from the M20CW Soldiers Thru Time event. I can't thank everyone enough for their hospitality. And for taking the time to pass along their knowledge throughout the entire day. A truly great learning experience.
I would like to to present my Battle of the Bulge photo series. I wish to thank the M20CW - Museum of 20th Century Warfare for allowing me to run around freely and take these during the event. Please enjoy and everyone is more then welcome to download and save them from my website.
I had a great time yesterday. It was another cool (pun intended) event. I can't wait until the Eastern Front Event.