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New World War I artifact on display at Shelby museum

This Imperial German M1916 Minenwerfer trench mortar is now on exhibit at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum. This Imperial German M1916 Minenwerfer trench mortar is now on exhibit at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

Visitors to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby can now check out a new artifact that was used in the "War to End All Wars." It's an Imperial German M1916 trench mortar known as the minenwerfer, or "mine thrower."  

It's on display at the permanent World War One exhibit.

Most of the weapon is there to see, except for an interpretive sign which will be added soon.

"We don't just simply get things that are coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan, or World War Two," said Chad Daniels, museum director. "We get things that come back from the Civil War, the War of 1812 and from World War One. So, it's really great when we can take a piece of history like that and restore it and put it on public display so people can learn about the material culture of those conflicts," he said.

And in a few weeks, the museum will feature a new photographic exhibit focusing on a segregated African-American artillery unit which served in World War Two and was led by a commanding officer from Hattiesburg.

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