General Eisenhower With General Mark Clark In Italy

Date:
1943
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 2056
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Grumman FM-1 (F4F-4) Wildcat

Date:
1940
Publisher/Studio:
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Leroy Grumman's F4F Wildcat was not the fastest or most advanced fighter aircraft of World War II, but during the dark months after Pearl Harbor, Wildcat pilots stood firm, held the line, and stopped the Imperial Japanese military air forces when they seemed invincible. After war erupted in the Pacific, the Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary fighter aircraft operated by the United States Navy and the Marine Corps. By 1942 every American Navy fighter squadron flew the F4F. Read more »

Description (physical):

Single engine, mid-wing, carrier-based fighter aircraft. Material: Semi-monocoque all-metal.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia20560
Identifier:
A19610122000cp36
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Frankfort TG-1A (cinema)

Publisher/Studio:
Frankfort Sailplane Company

Stan Corcoran's TG-1A (Training Glider Model 1A) was the first aircraft selected to train U.S. Army glider pilot cadets to fly the Waco CG-4A combat assualt glider. The Waco could be difficult to handle with heavy loads, and a skilled pilot was required to fly it. Until late in the war, Wacos were only produced in limited numbers, and none were available for training. Before bidding on producing the TG-1A, Stan Corcoran had produced gliders for the civilian market at his Frankfort Sailplane Company factory. In May 1942, the firm won a contract to build 40 TG-1As. Read more »

Description (physical):

H: 1.5m, W: 14.1m, L: 7.1m, Wt: 500lbs.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
A19830113000cp05
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Ghost Division Military Patch

Date:
1944

14th U.S. Infantry "ghost" Division shoulder patch, one of the fictitious divisions organized under Operation Fortitude (June-August 1944) to deceive Germans during D-day.

Description (physical):

Cloth. L 8.0, W 7.6 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 11266
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower With General Bernard Law Montgomery

Date:
1944
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 15061b
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Aerial Bombardment Of Pointe Du Hoc By The US Army Air Force Before D-Day

Date:
1944

Prior to D-Day, the German coastal fortifications at Point du Hoc were bombarded by the U.S. Army Air Forces.  Unfortunately, the aerial bombardment had little effect on these concrete defenses. The men from the US 2nd Ranger Battalion suffered heavy losses while trying to scale the 100 foot high cliff.

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 1929895
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

German Helmet

Date:
1942
Creator:
Stahlheim, Germany

The German helmet shown here is a standard issue model 1942 Stahlheim. It was found near Omaha Beach, were the Americans encountered the heaviest resistance. The helmet was probably worn by either a member of the 716th Coast Defense Division or the 352nd Infantry Division which defended the beach in that area.

Description (physical):

Steel. L 30.5, W 25.3, H 15.8 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 12219
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

General Eisenhower With The 101st Airborne Division

Date:
5-Jun-44

Perhaps the most widely published photograph of General Eisenhower in World War II, this U.S. Army Signal Corps photo was taken around 8:30 p.m. on the eve of D-Day, June 5, 1944.  It shows Eisenhower talking with First Lieutenant Wallace Strobel, Company E, 502nd Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  Ike had gone to Greenham Common Airfield in England that evening to see the men off.  The paratroopers of the 101st Division were among the first Allies to land in France the next day. Heavy casualties were expected.  A soldier in the crowd yelled out, “Now quit worrying General, we’ll take care of this thing for you.”

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 1904
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

General Eisenhower in an Army Jeep with President Roosevelt at Eisenhower's Headquarters in Sicily

Date:
Dec-43

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt selected General Eisenhower to lead the invasion of France while Eisenhower was serving as the Allied Commander of troops fighting in Italy.  He officially informed Eisenhower of this decision in early December 1943 when he paid a visit to Ike’s Headquarters in Sicily.

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
NARA 196611
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Uss Constellation-baseball Team-1942

Date:
1942
Creator:
Unknown

Color copy of photograph showing the USS Constellation baseball team. The team is posed for the photograph, wearing their baseball uniforms. Identified: Lt. Cdr. John Davis, seated center in khaki uniform, Chief Petty Officer Grady, seated in blue uniform. 1942.

Description (physical):

8x10

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
PRG4-2.47
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum