100th Division Patch Blanket

The 100th Division are known as the “Soldiers of the Century.” On March 16th 1945, the soldiers breached the Citadel of Bitche, France, breaking through the fortified Maginot Line France had built along its border with Germany after World War I. The 100th Division liberated the town (one of over 400 they liberated in all), […]

Walther P38 German Pistol

George C. Marshall was presented with many items considered “spoils of war” after the World War II. One special item was given by General Omar Bradley and is housed within its own presentation box. The presentation box has a lock and key and is lined with green velvet. Engraved on the top of the box: […]

Qin Dynasty Bronze Sword

The Marshall Collection contains several impressive weapons presented to George C. Marshall at formal occasions, as war trophies, or as gifts. One such gift was an ancient bronze sword (jian) from the Qin (pronounced Chin) Dynasty, 255-207 B.C. The Qin Dynasty was in the far western kingdom of the seven Warring States. In 221 B.C. the […]

Church at Vaux

One of the most iconic “doughboy” photos to come out of World War I depicts a group of American soldiers resting in a church in the French village of Vaux. It was November 5, 1918, a week before the Armistice, and the men were heading toward Sedan. In the image, Howard Brock plays the organ and leads […]