World War 2

The Cheshire Yeomanry went to war in the Middle East with their horses and the Cavalry Division became involved in the take over of Vichy French possessions in Syria and the Lebanon.

In 1938, four Regiments of the Army, among them all six Battalions of The Cheshire Regiment, were trained as Machine Gun specialists.  One of the Machine Gun Training Centres was here at The Castle.

Follow a display of rifles and signals equipment much of which was used through until the 1960’s.  Look up and you are faced by a Vickers .303in Medium Machine Gun (MMG). Cooled by water the gun was capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute.

Display boards tell the story of individuals who left their parent unit to join the new regiments of Commando, Special Air Service, Parachute and Glider Pilot, which were established in this conflict.

The 3rd Carabiniers served with their tanks in Burma.  B Squadron distinguished themselves at the Battle of Nunshigum (1944) which, following the loss of all of its Officers, was taken by the Squadron Sergeant Major.

The corner case is dedicated to the ‘home front’. Many women from the County worked on the land or in factories to support the men at the front. Those who were either too old, too young or in restricted jobs who served in the Home Guard, ARP (air raid protection) or Auxiliary Fire Service.

Unique to this Museum is one of the pens used at the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri in 1945.

A collection of memorabilia of the German surrender

A display of items from the ‘home front’

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