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Weapon Displays - Legion of Valor Museum - Visited 11-11-10

Photos taken by WW2HQ staff.

Weapons on Display at the Legion of Valor Museum

After attending the Fresno Veteran's Day parade we noticed the Legion of Valor Museum nearby and decided to go in and view the exhibits. We were so glad that we did - the museum had numerous displays from WWII.

I have included many of the photos I took of the weapon displays. The museum has a wide range of weapons which were used or manufactured by the following countries during WWII: Australia, Austria, Great Britain, British Nepal, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Soviet Union, United States, and Yugoslavia.

Displays range from the most common American rifle used during WWII, the M1 Garand, to less common paratrooper M1 Carbine with folding stock. On the other end of the spectrum is the spring loaded British PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank, Mk1) from "Winston Churchill's Toy Shop". Displays include pre-WWII weapons as well as later WWII developments such as German MP43 assault rifle. Viewing the displays, the advantages of advances such as the semi-automatic, eight carteridge clip, keep your eye on the target, of the M1 Garand over the widely used bolt action rifles of other nations that require working the bolt and lossing sight of the target after each shot become apparent.

Besides hand guns and rifles, displays also include machine guns, mortars, hand and rifle grenades (anti-personnel weapons), as well as knives, bayonets, and swords.

Photos taken by WW2HQ staff, with permission of the Legion of Valor Museum.