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Illinois Museum to Display 1916 Military Equipment

Illinois Museum to Display 1916 Military Equipment

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

If you’ve ever wondered how Americans waged war 100 years ago, the Illinois State Military Museum will give you a glimpse of the past.

The Springfield museum plans to put uniforms, weapons and other equipment on display that was used by the Illinois National Guard during a 1916 border campaign against Pancho Villa.

The Mexican revolutionary raided New Mexico, and Maj. Gen. John Pershing launched a yearlong effort to get him. Illinois’ guardsmen were mobilized along the Texas border.

A Friday press release from the National Guard says the campaign was the first time the Army used airplanes and trucks. It turned out to be a dress rehearsal for American participation in World War I.

The items will be displayed at the military museum, starting Sept. 6.

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