National WWI Museum's new exhibit focuses on bloody battles

9 months 1 week 5 days ago May 09, 2016 May 9, 2016 Monday, May 09 2016 Monday, May 09, 2016 12:50:47 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A new exhibit at the National World War I Museum and Memorial focuses on two pivotal battles and features more graphic material than other temporary displays mounted by the facility.

The Kansas City Star reports that the centennial exhibit, "They Shall Not Pass 1916," covers the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Verdun. Only three of the 150 or so items on display in the exhibit have ever been publicly displayed before.

Some of the items include a British helmet with a bullet hole on the top, a German coil of barbed wire and an imperial Russian pilot's leather coat. Photos show terrain cratered by explosives and dead soldiers.

The exhibit opened Friday at the museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and runs until next March.

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