The Age of Victoria
This section covers the late Victorian period from the 1870's to 1901, predominately from the British perspective. Major events of this era were the First and Second Boer Wars, the Zulu War, the Mahdist War, and the Anglo-Ashanti Wars.
It was a time of flag waving patriotism and Empire building. The Victorian Age saw the birth of romance as we know it today. Pictures moved on screen like never before. Reliable postal services were established. Standardized schooling became available for all children. Slavery was abolished. Steam power connected continents from one side to the other. Indoor plumbing became widely used. Electricity was harnessed. We bore witness to the absolute height of the greatest empire the world has ever seen, the British Empire!
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
The Great War
This section covers The Great War, commonly referred to as World War One. Subsections cover Great Britain, Canada, France, The United States and Germany. Featuring a wide variety of items from photography and crochet to bayonets and uniforms, we try to cover all aspects of the era and the war, both at home and on the battlefields.
The Great War was the birth of modern warfare and saw many firsts unleashed upon the world. The first Air Forces took flight to battle in the sky around the world. Huge armored tanks rumbled across the pockmarked no mans land of the Western Front. Machine guns dominated battlefields and turned whole regiments into casualty reports. Zeppelins bombed cities and struck terror into the hearts of civilians like the world had never seen. By the time it ended some twenty million would lay dead.
Empires fell one by one and, from the ashes of the Great War, the victors drew new borders. For justice, all whom they felt were responsible were punished. All of this setting the stage for what would be, twenty years later, the largest and most devastating conflict in human history.
World War Two
This section covers the largest conflict ever fought on our planet. World War Two would touch almost every corner of the globe and see over sixty million killed in the name of ideologies from the insane to the idealistic.
Comprehensive and ever growing displays cover Canada, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, Belgium, Japan, Germany, and Italy. Uniforms, badges, medals, books, and personal effects such as shaving kits and cigarettes are just some of the items we've displayed in our effort to preserve a unique and diverse snapshot of history.
The Second World War saw humanity harness the technology of the First War and propel it at an unprecedented rate into the future. Jet Aircraft screamed through the sky at speeds hard to believe and harder to fight. Tanks spearheaded the fastest form of warfare yet encountered, far superior to the lumbering death traps they were twenty years earlier. The mass genocide of millions became a sick reality for the western world. People of all classes and races, from nearly every country on Earth, would fight or serve in some way. From factories to the front lines, everyone pitched in and did their part. This War would usher in the Atomic Age, forever changing the face of warfare and the course of human history.
More than 70 years on, we still have that peace so dearly paid for. None of the major powers of the world have fought in open conflict since that final day in 1945.
The Korean War
This section covers the Korean War, often referred to as the Forgotten War. Korea has a long and tumultuous history, one that remains unresolved to this day. Our goal at the museum is to cover all of the countries involved, currently offering displays for the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Colombia.
Much like the lines drawn in the First World War, the same mistakes would be made in 1945 when Korea was split along the 38th Parallel, between the Communist North and the Democratic South. In the summer of 1950, this would spill over into open war when Communist North Korean Forces invaded South Korea.
Korea was a battlefield like nothing encountered before. The huge rolling hills and mountains barren of any trees and lacking in basic vegetation created natural fortresses all along the Peninsula. This lack of cover contributed to incredibly fierce winds that hammered at those fighting. Korean winters were harsh beyond belief, rivaling that of the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Temperatures dropped below forty degrees Celsius and some UN Troops would use the frozen bodies of their friends as windbreaks against their tents to survive. The first US Forces sent to the Peninsula from Japan were equipped with outdated weapons and the wrong ammunition for much of their artillery. Epic Naval landings akin to the Second World War stormed beaches. Large scale dog fights with jets were seen for the first time. The US at one point airdropped an entire bridge into a combat zone to help the US Marines escape to safety. Forces on both sides would succeed at taking nearly the entire Peninsula, eventually settling back on the same 38th Parallel they had started with that summer in 1950. The Communist expansion had been checked, but the cost was high. Twenty-one UN countries answered the call to fight in Korea, and by the time the ceasefire was signed, some five million would lay dead, half of those being civilians.
The War may be referred to by some as forgotten, but it certainly never will be here.
The Vietnam War 1954-1974
Vietnam is one of the most controversial and complicated conflicts of recent times. Our section here focuses on Vietnam as well as the wider cold war conflict encompassing the Soviet Union and its Allies. I aim to cover the whole scope of the conflict from the early French battles to the evacuation of the US Embassy in Saigon.
I remember growing up watching all my favorite action heroes like Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris battle in the jungles of Vietnam, I remember watching Full Metal Jacket and Platoon for the first time. Reading Nam' and Punisher comics and watching documentaries, the pop culture that has come from the 1960's era is something that is nearly unparalleled with its shock waves through time. The music, the fighting at home and abroad, the widening war with the soviet union and possible nuclear devastation!
All these things contributed to a fascinating conflict, one that remains to this day debated by many as to its merits and purpose. the one thing we aim to do here is tell the story of Vietnam, all of it with first hand accounts and real stuff.