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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davehougNov. 11, 1312:04 PM

Hitler was gassed in WWI. We lied and told him if he used gas in WWII, we'd retailiate with gas too. But in reality, we didn't own enough gas weapons. The bluff worked only because the Germans thought we had gas too.

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