Louisiana’s importance to WWII

This September marks the 75th year anniversary of World World II. Louisiana played host to the largest military exercise in U.S. history. Called the “Louisiana Maneuvers” a total of 19 divisions were established between August and early October of 1941 and until around 1944, around 450,000 unready soldiers prepared and transitioned into a modern force for what would be for the first time in history a modern war. There were camps such as Camp Claiborne, Camp Livingston, the Alexandria Army Air Base and Camp Beauregard that trained men about new tactics, weapons, survival and preparation for time in Europe . The camps stretched north and south from Shreveport to Lake Charles, and east and west from Alexandria to the edge of Texas.

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