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WW II Dioramas in the National Infantry Museum

28 February 2019

The National Infantry Museum  has these outstanding tabletop WW II battle dioramas. Each has excellent detail especially in regard to the postures and placement of the combatants.

The Battle of Kassarine Pass was a costly blooding of the U.S. Infantry in modern mechanized combat against the Wermacht’s battle hardened Afrika Corps.

The Battle of Kassarine Pass diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Battle of Kassarine Pass diorama (the U.S. troops were well positioned but not properly equipped or utilized against armor)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Battle of Myitkina (also known as the Siege of Myitkina)was a step in the liberation of Burma from the Imperial Japanese forces and was extremely costly to the Chinese forces allied with the U.S. forces.

The Battle of Myitkina (in Burma) diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A portion of the Battle of Myitkina (in Burma) diorama (unforgiving geography and disease were as great an enemy as the Japanese were)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

For several winter months the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest raged becoming the longest run battle fought by the U.S. Army and remains that to this day. The terrain favored the defenders (Wermacht) by way of dense forest, steep terrain, few roads and air support denying weather.

The Battle of the Hürtgen Forest diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A portion of the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest diorama (U.S. forces quickly making use of concealment against the Wermacht’s use of well planned cover—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A portion of the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A portion of the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Battle of Aachen is usually presented as one of symbolism. But the casualties were real and they were high. Aachen was the home of Charlemagne who the Nazi’s appropriated into their false history as their “First Reich.” Hitler ordered, as usual, no retreat to which house-to-house fighting ensued. The greater the destruction which occurred the greater the cover for infantrymen to utilize and the worse for mobility of support armor.

A portion of the Battle for Aachen diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A portion of the Battle for Aachen diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A portion of the Battle for Aachen diorama—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

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