At the turn of the 19th century, European powers were confronted with the challenge of modernity. The rise of nationalism conflicted with the old notion of imperialism, while traditional military tactics were proven outdated by the increased lethality of mechanized warfare. In the midst, the United States of America emerged as a young, innovative world power.

Experience life as a WWI Infantryman in the trenches, surrounded by the thunder of artillery the rumble of passing tanks.

In this gallery, examine what drove Americans to join the rush to fight the Spanish-American War. See an actual porthole from the USS Maine. Discover artifacts from the often-ignored Philippines campaign and find out how the US Army Infantry helped put down the Boxer Rebellion and defend US business interests in China. And, learn how American innocence was dashed on the battlefields of World War I, in the “war to end all wars.”