EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS
Here's a sampling of some of the current displays and exhibits. Visit us frequently. There's always something new at Camp Toccoa at Currahee!
Mock Living Exhibit in the HQ Building
A mock living area was constructed at the end of the gift shop in the HQ building.
It was made from non reworked original panels from Camp Toccoa. This is what structures looked like in the forties. The mock living area has in it the bunk beds from WWII, The bunks have GI blankets on them, coal burning heater from Camp Toccoa, Popeye from Band of Brothers footlocker, and last but not least, a mannequin dressed with a period correct paratrooper uniform worn in the movie “Saving Private Ryan”.
This beautiful wood carving of an American bald eagle was carved by Mr. Larry Jack Martin (1931-2006). Mr. Martin started carving in the 50's with scenes and checkering on gun stocks and pistols.
In the late 70's, he began carving wildlife. He made many trips to Branson, MO to purchase basswood for his carvings.
Mr. Martin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his two children, Terry Martin and Rebecca Herzog.
This carving was donated by Mr. Martin's niece Debbie Shaw Johnson and her husband Jeffrey.
The display stand for the carved eagle was made and donated by Carlton Lowry and his wife Sandra.
On display at the HQ Building
Display of 101st Airborne diorama created by MSG Gregory Queen
US Army, Retired
The diorama was created using boards from Camp Toccoa. In the creators own words, ....
" I built it just thinking of the Band of Brothers. We know that the 82nd and the 101st had the mission of blocking the eastern half of Caretan. The 101st had the causeway mission so I was thinking of them on the way to Caen IOT to block the German re- enforcements. " -- Gregory Queen
German POW Uniform &
a display of a miniature Stuka made by a German POW
This model Ju 87 Stuka aircraft was made by a German POW, it is unknown where and from what but it has the end of a piston for a stand.
Stuka was short for the German word Sturzkampfflugzeug meaning Dive Bomber. What made this dive bomber unique were the two sirens that made a terrifying noise when diving in to release bombs. This noise terrified people on the ground and was known as the “Jericho Trumpet”. These sirens were intended to damage morale but reduced the airspeed of the aircraft by 15 knots and left it vulnerable to faster fighter aircraft.
The Stuka dive bomber was designed by Hermann Pohlmann and manufactured by Junkers.
It had bent reverse gull wings to allow for large undercarriage bombs. It carried one 2200 pound tank busting or one 1100 pound concrete fortification busting bomb directly beneath the fuselage or one 550 pound general purpose bomb under the fuselage and two 110 pound fragmentation bombs under the wings.
The German Luftwaffe used these dive bombers from 1937 through 1945. Both the POW uniform and the Stuka model were donated to Camp Toccoa at Currahee by Robert von Zeppelin.
WWII Field Telephone Switchboard
WWII Wood File Cabinet / M1917 Watercooled Machine Gun (not shown in picture
Blue Star Forest Service Poster 1945
WWII US Army Radio Backpack Frame