Weekend away: Kansas City museum revisits the 'Great War'

  • Article by: Michael Schuman , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2013 - 2:00 PM

A  damaged war machine, officially known as a Renault FT-17 tank and commonly used by U.S. forces during World War I, rests in retirement on a museum floor, scarred with a gaping hole. A marker indicates that a German 77-millimeter artillery piece, like one nearby, was responsible. Visitors walk through a man-made crater, standing where a French farmhouse would have been had it not been struck by a 17-inch howitzer shell. They can peer into re-created trenches, with sounds of bullets flying and soldiers tramping through mud.

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