Rifle, Military

Date:
c. 1940

Japanese type 99 Arisaka rifle, probably produced between 1939 and 1945. This rifle has a mark on the left side of the receiver that identifies it as being manufactured by the Kokura Arsenal. The mark follows the serial number, 8897. The top of the receiver has something written in Japanese. This is one of a collection of pieces brought from Japan to America after WWII by Joseph Andrew LaBauve, originally from Brusly, who was a marine sergeant in the Pacific.

Description (physical):

34.5"length, 2.25" width, 8" depth

Location:
845 N. Jefferson Avenue Port Allen, Louisiana 70767
Identifier:
2007.003.003
Institution:
West Baton Rouge Museum

1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible

Date:
1931
Creator:
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S./Weinberger, Ludwig

Longer than a Duesenberg. Twice the horsepower of a Rolls-Royce. More costly than both put together. The Bugatti Royale was the ultimate automobile, making its owners feel like kings. Not only did it do everything on a grander scale than the world's other great luxury cars, it was also rare. Bugatti built only six Royales, whereas there were 481 Model J Duesenbergs and 1767 Phantom II Rolls-Royces.

Description (physical):

Automobile

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Identifier:
58.86.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Charles and Esther Chayne.

Pro-Nazi Rally, New York City

Date:
C. 1939

In Madison Square Garden more than 20,000 people gathered for a pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic rally on February 20, 1939.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0068
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York

Submarine Squadron 8 Plaque

Date:
C. 1940s

Submarine Squadron 8 operated in the Pacific Ocean in World War II. At times based in Pearl Harbor, Midway and Brisbane Bay, the squadron's submarines hunted enemy ships off New Guinea, the Bismarck and Solomon Islands. Its base provided refits and services to other submarines patrolling the area. The squadron included 13 submarines notably Balao, Bowfin and Greenling. These three boats destroyed 37 enemy vessels totaling 159,036 tons. As well as sinking enemy vessels, Squadron 8 carried out special operations to Midway, provided rescue for downed aviators and blockaded Japanese ports.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0007
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy Dina Lee Steiner

Torpedo Data Computer

Date:
C. 1940s

In World War II, submarines used a torpedo data computer (TDC) to calculate their firing solutions. The TDC recorded the submarines course and speed. Once an enemy ship was spotted, the periscope was raised and bearing were taken of its position. Later, radar also helped establish the coordinates of the target. This information was set on the dials of the TDC, which computed the angle of the torpedo track and the gyroscope setting before the torpedo was fired.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0009
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Submarine Battery

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0013
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Submarine Toilet Valve

Date:
C. 1940s
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0005
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Battle Flag Of Gurnard

Date:
C. 1940s

Launched 1 June 1942, Gurnard first patrolled the Bay of Biscay for German blockade runners. By 12 June 1943 she was transferred to the Pacific Ocean. There, Gurnard received six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation, while her captain, Lieutenant Commander C.H. Andrews, earned the Navy Cross. Gurnard had one of the highest single patrol tonnage scores during World War II--29,700 tons. Her battle flag shows that she destroyed 12 combatant and merchant vessels. The flag also records the total tonnage of the ships sunk. Read more »

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0002
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Battle Flag Of Spot

Date:
C. 1940s
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
201.021.0003
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Battle Flag Of Balao

Date:
C. 1945
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0001
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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