Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to the World War I Trench System Exhibit
A Front Line Dictionary:
Duckboard: Wooden trench flooring that allowed for water drainage.
The Firing Step: A seat and stand to access the top of the trench.
A Sniper Post: Dedicated marksmen with scoped rifles firing from camouflaged positions searched for individual targets.
Communications Wire: Phone and telegraph communication linked the front line to the command network.
Dug Outs: Underground positions that provided shelter from shell fire and weather.
Machine Gun Positions: The rapid fire machine gun dictated the need for a trench system.
Mortar Pit: A close support weapon that could arc projectiles into the narrow enemy trenches.
Aid Station: “Dug outs” that provided front line medical treatment.
Barbed Wire: This American invention of the cattle industry was used as a single strand or large “belts” that served as effective obstacles for infantry.
No Mans Land: Battlefield section between two opposing trench lines.
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Location. 40° 12.408′ N, 77° 9.506′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Machine Gun Post (here, next to this marker); Aid Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Meet Private Donald D. Kyler (within shouting distance of this marker); Post of Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Splinter Proof The Mortar Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); Sniper's Nest (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Regarding Welcome to the World War I Trench System Exhibit. Part of the Meet Pvt. Kyler/WWI Trench System Exhibit.
Based on the layout of the exhibition area, this is more likely to be the last marker passed.
Categories. • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Last updated on September 12, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.