Belgian Automatic Pistol

A recent acquisition of the Museum is a same Model 1910 pistol, made at the same arsenal, Fabrique Nationale D’Armes de Guerre, Herstal, Belgium. It is marked with Belgian military acceptance marks.

Unrestricted U-boat Warfare

At the dawn of 1917, the German high command forced a return to the policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, engineering the dismissal of opponents of the policy that aimed to sink more than 600,000


World War I was a war of artillery - The Big Guns. Rolling barrages destroyed the earth of France and Belgium and the lives of many. Millions of shells were fired in single battles, with one million


In World War I, hand grenades were also known as “hand bombs.” The general philosophy for their use in the fighting armies was that grenades could kill the enemy underground or behind cover. They

Pandemic Then and Now

As American soldiers mobilized for war in the spring of 1918, a handful of army physicians began noticing a worrisome influenza moving among their soldiers. Often resulting in a deadly pneumonia, it

Bicycle Battalions

World War I is known for introducing wartime innovations such as tanks and submarines, but the world’s armies still made plenty of use of “old-fashioned” technology. Case in point: Bicycle battalions.

Zeppelin L49 Fabric Fragment

A recent addition to the Museum and Memorial’s collection is a small fragment of fabric from the skin of the mighty Zeppelin L49, one of only two items from a Zeppelin in the Museum’s collection.

Enduring Legacies of 'Gassed'

Warfare and chemical weapons continue to have the same horrific impact today as they did when John Singer Sargent painted Gassed. Join us for three rapid-fire talks looking at the different aspects of

Museum Minute: 1917 Harley-Davidson

Senior Curator Doran Cart explains how the Museum's 1917 Harley-Davidson made its journey from post-war Europe to the collection at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Museum Minute: American Ambulance

Senior Curator Doran Cart explains how the Ambulance on display at the National WWI Museum and Memorial came into the collection.

Museum Minute: Renault FT-17 Tank

Senior Curator Doran Cart shares how the tank was introduced during WWI, and how the fighting machines came to be known as 'tanks.'

Museum Minute: The Doughboy Uniform

Senior Curator Doran Cart shares the Museum's display of the uniform and field gear of an American infantry soldier during WWI, including one of the most vital tools of every Doughboy.

Museum Minute: The French 75

Senior Curator Doran Cart discusses the French 75mm on display at the Museum and Memorial, including a special name given to the gun by the American soldiers in WWI.