Sunday, March 23, 2014


You can see some strange things in the details of some military monuments where weapons are concerned.  Sometimes sculptors don't get the details right. One example is the great French monument at West Point, the sword is straight and the scabbard is curved. Also the cannon balls are too large is diameter to fit the cannon.
French Monument at West Point
Another interesting ones if the beautiful and inspiring Confederate monument in Victoria, Texas. The Confederate Soldier has a "Trapdoor" Springfield breach loading rifle, a weapon not introduced until after the end of the War of Succession.
Confederate Soldier depicted with a post war Trapdoor rifle, not the breach of the rifle and the latch. 
One of my favorite monuments is the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial statue depicting the flag raising on Iwo Jima in World War II. The event was witnessed by my uncle, a naval officer on LST 121 at the time. Two of the M1 carbines exhibit post war modifications, the sliding adjustable sight and the barrel band with the bayonet lug. Although these modifications were approved during the war, non of them made it into combat on Iwo Jima.  
The two marines on the right have post war modifications to their M1carbines.
Even with these minor detail wrong, these are three of my favorite military monuments. They are beautiful and inspiring works of art which depict Americans at our best. 


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