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In Harm's Way:  The U.S. Navy and World War II:  Atlantic

Bldg. 76


In Harm’s Way:  The U.S. Navy in World War II
Description: In Harm’s Way: The U.S. Navy in World War II

The Atlantic Theater

The Atlantic Theater is presented in the west (left) side of the museum and traces the technology and tactics employed fighting German and Italian forces.  Just as in World War I, an important role of the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic was to ensure the safe transportation of American soldiers and equipment overseas.  Told chronologically, starting with Atlantic Charter and the alliance with the British, and the beginnings of the engagments of U-Boats during the Battle of the Atlantic.   This exhibit continues with Operation Torch and the Casablanca Conference, with the landings in Italy that followed.   The chronological exhibit continues with the Normandy Invasion, decided by the "Big Three" Allied leaders at the Tehran Conference, and the subsequent Southern France Invasion.   Video presentations from "Victory at Sea" augment the exhibit.   Examples of ammunition and firearms used by both Allies and Germans are displayed for visitors to examine.  

Interesting artifacts from the Atlantic Section of the World War II exhibit include:  

  • The first XAF Radar Receiver used onboard USS New York (BB 34), which was the first of its kind to detect enemy craft. 
  • Period military uniforms worn by naval officers between 1941-45.
  • "Sinking of the Reuben James" artwork by Griffith Bailey Coale.
  • An "Enigma" cipher machine used by the Germans to decrypt coded allied communications transmissions.
  • Documentation of the capture of German submarine, U-505, by USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60), including the actual diving log from U-505.
  • Wooden sign at the pier to Casablanca following Operation Torch.  
  • Six-inch, 47-caliber shell and brass cartridges of the type used in Sicily between July-August 1943.
  • German firearms of the type used by U.S. Navy Sailors during the invasion of Southern France, Operation Dragoon, in August 1944.
  • Videotapes of "Convoy Battle" and "D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

Ship Models in the Atlantic Theater Exhbit Area:

Click on the ship model for a photographic history of the ship.   


NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:   USS Improve (AM-247)
Description: USS Improve (AM-247). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  LCVP
Description: LCVP. Click on model for photographic history of landing craft, vehicle, personnel.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:   USS LST-383
Description: USS LST-383. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  USS Lunga Point (CVE-94)
Description: USS Lunga Point (CVE-94). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:   	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  PCE-904
Description: PCE-904. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:   	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  Rudderlow-class destroyer
Description: Rudderlow-class destroyer. Click on model for photographic history of the ship class.

NMUSN:  	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  USS Sangamon (CVE-26)
Description: USS Sangamon (CVE-26). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  SC-648/SC-497 class
Description: SC-648/SC-497 class. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  USS Taconic (AGC-17)
Description: USS Taconic (AGC-17). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  USS Tennessee (BB-34)
Description: USS Tennessee (BB-34). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  USS Wainwright (DD-419)
Description: USS Wainwright (DD-419). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  	In Harm’s Way:	U.S. Navy and WWII:  Atlantic:  YMS-445
Description: YMS-445. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.
Published: Thu Aug 02 13:17:56 EDT 2018