More photos of the U.S. Army Heritage Trail
A Sherman tank is positioned on a slight rise covered with white sand, meant to memorialize the U.S. Army attack on Omaha Beach.
Background post: U.S. Army Heritage Trail near Carlisle.
I am still reflecting on this past Saturday’s walk around the U.S. Army Heritage Trail at the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The trail commemorates most of the Army’s major wars, including the French and Indian War, American Revolution, Civil War, Indian Wars (a pair of wayside markers), Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and Viet Nam, with a modern display being built. Conspicuously absent are the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and Korea. I don’t know if the army will add these over time, but there is plenty of room to do so.
A part of the French and Indian War “settlement” at AHEC.
There are so many possibilities for future expansion. I have several times visited the U.S. Air Force’s outstanding museum at Wright-Patterson Air Base near Dayton, Ohio, and always come aways with new respect for what my father and all the others in the Air Force accomplished. The Army trail is certainly not yet to the point of being a tourist attraction, but it is still an interesting walk that all Cannonball readers should at least take once. It’s a great way to enjoy a crisp fall afternoon.
My son and his nephew pause in front of one of the Armty’s heavyweight tank killers from the World War II era. These powerful weapons helped turn the tide in the Western Front.
Currently, Ridgeway Hall, next to the Army Heritage Trail, has a temporary exhibit entitled “Entering Germany,” a series of photos, display cases, and artifacts of the Army’s drive to enter Nazi Germany during WWII. Unfortunately, It was closed for the Columbus Day weekend.
One of the future additions to the Heritage Trail will be an example of a typical stable used at Carlisle Barracks for the cavalry. This will be added at a future date, according to the Army’s website.
From the AHEC website, “After the American 1st Army successfully attacked and held the German strong hold built at Mont Sec, in the Ansauville sector, St. Mihiel Salient during the great 3-day Franco-American offensive of 12-14, September, 1918, the engineers of the 42nd Division created plans of the Mont Sec trench position. This recreated position, which will interpret the challenges of trench warfare, is based on a segment depicting interlocking machine gun positions from those plans.”