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WWI Trench Bugle

The museum draws light to a World War I trench bugle found after a building fire near town.

Thank you to Douglas Whaley for loaning this beautiful artifact to the Hall of Heroes!

The inscription reads:

"JW York & Sons
Grand Rapids, MC
Chicago Depot

Trench warfare is a type of land warfare using occupied lines largely comprising military trenches, in which troops are well-protected from the enemy's small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery. Trench warfare became archetypically associated with World War I (1914–1918), when the Race to the Sea rapidly expanded trench use on the Western Front starting in September 1914.

Bugle calls were quickly standardized amongst infantry regiments for use in camp and barracks to direct men to a particular duty and signal events such as Reveille, Mess Call, Last Post and Lights Out. In addition to the more mundane camp calls, the cavalry bugle was also used to issue orders while in combat, typically Charge, Walk, Trot and March.

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