On Thursday 22 nd October our class went to the Irish Military War Museum in Slane, Co. Meath. We drove on a large double-decker bus and when we arrived the kind workers came out to greet us.
Firstly we enjoyed a talk on the clothing of the different army troops. The Canadians wore a small overcoat and large helmets, whilst the Americans wore long army jackets and small helmets with comfortable padding. Next he showed us briefly, what the Germans wore, they wore hard helmets with a useful part covering the back of the neck.
After that, he brought round the large guns, bayonets and grenades. The majority of the items were extremely heavy and hard to carry.
Finally he showed us the utility belt. Every soldier wore this heavy belt along their chest. It had many compartments including four extra loads of bullets, a satchel for water, food compartments and a satchel for a pickaxe.
After this we enjoyed a quick snack whilst playing in the adventure park. Then we lined up neatly and walked along to the replica trench. As we arrived Mark greeted us nicely and talked briefly about the deadly trenches. He told us about the hand to hand combat inside the trench and along the dreadful battlefields. Lastly he showed us the large guns they would’ve used and did demonstrations to his left. It was a long shot and was excruciatingly loud. You could faintly feel the ground tremor beneath you.
After that we got a short ride in an army tank. It was extremely exciting and many people were gripping hard onto ones arm to insure they would not fall.
By lunchtime I had learnt an awful lot about WW1 and WW2, and gotten to see first-hand what it was really like. Later we went to the large museum with Fergus the Tour Guide. He told us many things about trench warfare and army transportation systems. We walked around the room observing some of the objects used during wartime such as gas masks, bombs, guns, machine guns, vehicles, uniforms, helmets and badges.
I enjoyed my trip to the war museum thoroughly and highly recommend you take a visit.
By Aislinn (Ms Fitzgerald’s 6th Class)