Illinois State Military Museum to display military equipment used in 1916 campaign

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Military Museum is planning on adding new displays that would give individuals the chance to see how war was waged nearly a century ago.

The museum, located in Springfield, is planning to display weapons, uniforms, and other equipment used by the Illinois National Guard during a 1916 border campaign against Pancho Villa.

Maj. Gen. John Pershing began a yearlong effort to capture Villa after he raided New Mexico, resulting the Illinois National Guard being mobilized along the Texas border.

According to a statement released by the National Guard on Friday, the campaign was the first time airplanes and trucks were used by the Army.

The items will be displayed at the museum starting on September 6.

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