Recreating History

The “War Room” Lucky Forward Field Headquarters

The 3rd Army Living Historian Exhibit is set up to resemble the original Lucky Forward’s War Room of Patton’s forward headquarters in 1944. Set up in the war room tent is one of the finest exhibitions you can find anywhere in the world. This was truly a world class exhibition and dwarfs what is found in museums all over the world. The War room in this form made it’s debut at the 6th Cavalry Museum on September 3, 2011. This exhibit has been several years in the making and has steadily grown. Prior to For many weeks earlier MSgt Maloney, Cpl Dan Vreeland, TSgt Bill White, Col. Manning and Denny Hair (General Patton) have been working on all the little details that make it look like it was used by the real troops of Third army and that they had just walked off. There was quit a bit of detail work done. Col. Manning even found two dated World War Two fire extinguishers for the War Room. There are some very hard to find radio chest, original with the original dated WWII radios set up in the War Room. Either original, or exact reproductions, were obtained of cigarette packages, matches, post cards, tobacco cans, ash trays, type writers, pencils, clip boards, ink blotters, and anything that would have been sitting on the desks and radio chest as of August 1, 1944 . It was on this date that The Third United States Army became operational under the command of General George S. Patton Jr.

The original Lucky Forward Headquarters was heavily guarded this is a water cooled M1917 .30 Cal. Machine gun
0600 hrs Personnel checked in and orders issued by the Admin. Tech. Sgt.
SCR-284 Radio had hand crank generator and telegraph key
The SCR-499 was one of the powerful radio transmission and receiving set up found in Corps and Army Level Signal Corps units
SCR-177b Radio Set with BC 312 and BC 314
SCR-188 Can be used in conjunction with SCR-177 has different frequency
The Pigeon Signal Section was still being used in WWII & the 6th Cavalry Group used them in Patton's HQ
All Pigeon messages were recorded and decoded records of receipt were logged
All of the EE8 field phones were channeled through the BD 72 switchboard
EE8 Field phones used D Cell Batteries
Captured wines was used with meals and well duty a lot!
Orders were typed, signed and issued by the thousands in headquarters
Ink blotters were often decorated with cover girls to remind the soldiers of home
Hand Crank spring operated record player with 78 rpm record of Glenn Miller
Officers Mess kit as meals were often eaten quickly and hot food was seldom
Chaplain James O'Neal was Third Army Chaplain and would have conducted services in the field with portable tables, organ and vestments