My WW1 Trench-The Bunker
Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:59 PM
I thought I would share my WW1 trench display. I built this about 15 years ago, when my kids were young and my wife had a night job. I put the kids to bed and headed for the bunker! It has been a slow work in progress for years. I have light and sound effects in the area in front of the trench. If you notice the mural of the of the soldiers over the top of the sandbag fire wall, it was once a small photo that I enlarged 400% at the office supply. I cut and pasted it into a long battlefield scene. I have 2 red strobe lights and 4 flood lights hidden behind the trench wall that reflect up on the mural. They are sequenced to flash , to a loop tape sound track recording of a battle sounds off the movie Gallipoli. I have a little device hooked into the light system that triggers the lights with the intensity of the soundtrack. It is a lot of fun to show a new visitor, their first impression is to enter the dark room with the lights flashing and the sound of gunfire. I try to crate what a battle would be like while viewing it from inside a trench.
My grandfather and two great uncles were in WW1 and I have their uniforms in the display. I had been collecting WW1 for a number of years but never could really appreciate what I had untill I could get it out for display.
The 1914 French Hotchkiss is a dummy gun that was found in South American several years ago. I was fortunate enough to find a tripod for it. This is what my grandfather used in the Company D, 12th MG Batt. 4th Div
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The only things missing are the filth, the rats, and the constant stench of fear and death!
Seriously, nice display
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Edited by DevilDan1900, 28 January 2008 - 08:55 PM.
Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:26 PM
This is easily the greatest display I've ever seen that wasn't assembled by a team at a museum. Outstanding work! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/twothumbup.gif
Edit: Come to think of it, this blows away a ton of the museum displays I've seen. This is my new definition of the phrase "labor of love". Love the 4th Division patch on your grandfather's uniform. That is a beautiful example of the insignia!
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As the CSM would say : "Well done that man!"
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A true museum quality set up you've got there.
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Edited by TrenchRaider1918, 29 January 2008 - 05:44 AM.
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