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Tennessee State Museum, Military Branch

Visited 11-29-10

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Photos taken by WW2HQ staff under low light conditions.

WWII Displays at the Tennessee State Museum, Military Branch

The Tennessee State Military Museum in Nashville, has displays which are artfully arranged and include many World War II exhibits. Centerpieces include small arms of the Japanese armed forces; scale models of the battleship, USS Tennessee, and the light cruiser, USS Nashville; uniforms worn by military men and women during WWII who had ties to the state of Tennessee; a submachine gun display (submachine guns were issued to airborne troops, vehicle crews, and other special personnel. These guns normally had 20 to 40-round box magazines and fired standard pistol cartridges).

Also on display is an Ike jacket worn by General Dwight D. Eisenhower; a soldier's field layout; and a full-scale model of the atomic bomb, Little Boy. The actual atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945. "It had the explosive power of 20,000 tons of dynamite, and it killed about 90,000 people".


Additional displays include a variety of swords, daggers, and bayonets; artillery for the infantry (light, portable, artillery-type weapons such as mortars and rocket launchers were issued to small infantry units for close support, and they did prove to be crucial to the new mobile warfare of World War II); assault rifles, rocket launchers, handguns and knives; and a Congressional Medal of Honor presented to Staff Sgt. Raymond H. Cooley of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

A handbill with a message in several languages requesting assistance for downed American pilots is also on display as well as German uniforms and a U-boatman's jacket. Exhibits also include a large number of WW2 era posters from Allied countries.

Text for this article is based on signs and information at the Tennessee State museum - Military Branch. The museum allows photos to be taken, but requests that no flash be used in order to prevent damage to artifacts which can be caused by cumulative exposure to light.