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137th Infantry Regiment - Company D

137th Infantry Regiment Company D 1940

Lake  Mille Lacs, Minnesota - August 1940

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Camp Ripley hosted the Fourth Army sham warfare exhibition, which took place from August 12 through August 16, 1940. Over 45,000 troops from Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas were split into Red and Blue armies and "war" was declared at midnight on August 12, 1940. Ground, air, tank and cavalry troops were involved in the maneuvers, which took place over 45 miles of territory between Onamia/Mille Lacs Lake and Morrison County. The goal was to see which army would take Camp Ripley first. The Red Army was victorious, with the "war" officially concluding at 11:27 a.m. on August 16, 1940.


Enthusiastic youngesters armed with toy guns unexpectedly reinforce the 137th Infantry, Kansas National Guard, in the "capture" of the town of Pierz during Fourth Army maneuvers at Camp Ripley

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