Though the First World War was fought overseas, it very much had an impact at home, with families getting the bad news of deaths of their sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers. Tragedies like the torpedo sinking of the Lusitania added to that.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
The War Hits At Home
This porthole was recovered from the Lusitania and now resides here.
A scale model of a trench system is found here. For four bloody years, life in the trenches was one of attrition, stress, and moments of pure terror.
You can walk through a trench as well.
Aspects of life in the trenches- simple things like a pipe or hardtack or toys.
More weapons of the war are found here.
The Somme was a massive offensive across the western front that was doomed to fail, and became the best example of futility in that war.
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment was part of that offensive, and on the first day, in a matter of minutes, nearly the entire regiment was lost at Beaumont-Hamel.
Artillery shells were the big killer of the war, with the wounds being particularly lethal.
Shrapnel came in the form of balls or metal as the artillery shell burst apart. Both resulted in horrific injuries and deaths.