World War I Snipers and Their Rifles

Throughout World War I, snipers were often used in the trenches in an effort to take out enemy soldiers as their heads peered over the top of the opposing trench.  At the start of WW I, only Germany issued scoped rifles to their troops.  The effectiveness of the German snipers resulted in their reputation – which was due in part to their training, but also due to the high-quality lenses manufactured by the Germans – as the deadliest and most efficient sharp shooters during the war.  The lack of Russian counter-parts, also allowed their specially trained snipers to execute their kills with no danger of a sniper counterpart.

As success of the German snipers spread, the British Army opted to begin its own training school, dedicated specifically to sniper training.  Major Hesketh-Prichard founded and headed up this first school and is credited with developing a number of sniping techniques, including spotting scopes, working in pairs and developing observational skills.

Sniper Rifles of WWI

Though rifles were used throughout the infantry, they were a critical component for a sniper. Below is a list of some of the more common rifles used by snipers throughout World War I:

  • German Mauser Gewehr 98 – In service from 1898 – 1935

British Pattern 1914 Enfield – Designed 1914-15 – declared obsolete in 1947

British Lee-Enfield SMLE Mk III – SMLE:  1907 – present day

US M1903 Springfield – US issue 1905 – 1937

Russian M1891 Mosin-Nagant – 1891 – present day

Sniper rifles in WW I were noted for their range and accuracy.  However, despite the sophistication of the weaponry, they were not a substitute for the training, dedication and marksmanship of the sniper.  The history of the sniper dates back as far as the American Revolutionary War, and their story continues on to present day.  Snipers have been an integral part of wars throughout history – World War I snipers are no exception.

Last (and Most Unique) Dogfight of WWII

Throughout the extensive air-to-air combat missions of WWII, no one can dispute the last – and most unique dogfight of the war.  The fight ensued on April 12, 1945 as two Americans in a low-flying piper (an L-4 Grasshopper) spotted an enemy piper during a routine scouting mission near Berlin.  The enemy aircraft was a German Fieseler Storch.

The two aircraft were not prepared for fighting.  However, the Americans – pilot and co-pilot Lt. Duane Francis and Lt. Bill Martin – took advantage of their air position above the Germans, opened their doors and used their service revolvers (.45 caliber pistols) to begin firing on the enemy piper below.  As the German aircraft maneuvered to evade enemy fire, one of its wings touched the ground and caused them to crash.  The L-4 Grasshopper proceeded to land safely close-by, captured the Germans and provided first-aid.

This is the only known WWII aircraft to be taken down using only pistols.

The Storch Rescues Mussolini

Another World War II role for which the Fieseler Storch is remembered is the rescue of Benito Mussolini.  When ousted Italian dictator Mussolini was stranded on a mountaintop, surrounded by Italian troops, paratroopers were sent in to secure the mountaintop.  However, once this was accomplished, an evacuation plan was needed.  A helicopter was originally sent, but broke down en route.  The Fieseler Storch was sent.  Despite minimal space available for landing and take off, it successfully completed the mission.

Brief Summation

The Germans used the Storch in every front throughout the European and the North African theater operations.  A number of these aircrafts were captured during the war and used by various military Allied leaders as personal aircraft.  Throughout WWII, the British managed to capture a total of 145 and gave 64 of them to the French.

However, despite its extensive use and history throughout WWII, the Fieseler Storch will always be remembered for its role in the last (and most unique) dogfight of WWII.

Advancements in Technology in World War II

 

In World War II, continual advancements in technology were mandatory to maintain a competitive edge over the enemy.  While technological advancements were made prior to the war, other developments were a direct result of the trials and errors suffered during the war.  The WWII era housed a great many changes which affected weaponry, logistical support, communications and intelligence, medicine and various industries.

Overview

Advancement in military weaponry occurred rapidly during the Second World War, including everything from aircraft to small arms.  At the beginning of WWII, little advancement had been seen since the end of WWI.  However, just six short years later the face of warfare morphed significantly with the military utilizing jet aircrafts and ballistic missiles.

Tanks and Vehicles

 

Due to the increased mobility of troops in WWII (vs. the static front lines of WWI), tanks saw significant advancements, including increased speed, armor and firepower.  The amphibious DUKW was another crucial development during the war and was utilized extensively for troop deployment and as a means to transport tanks to areas in need.

Ships

WWI Navy battleships no longer dominated the sea power.  Newly designed aircraft carriers were equipped with greater range and a heavier striking power.  Due to time constraints in producing new ships, older ships were being retro fitted with newly designed components.

Small Arms

 The production of small arms changed dramatically with the introduction of stamping, riveting and welding.  Semi-automatic rifles and assault rifles were also developed during this era.  A number of transformations emerged throughout this time that would affect future small arms advancements.  WWII small arms have continued to be a favorite among collectors of WWII weapons or weapons in general.

Aircraft

Aircraft development was crucial during WWII due to its increased use throughout the war – as bombers, fighters and reconnaissance.  Massive bombing raids were being utilized as an alternative to static trench warfare.  Air superiority was the goal of both the Allies and the Axis, each dedicating as much man/woman and machine power as possible to produce the ultimate air weapon.  By the end of WWII, pilots were flying jet aircrafts.  Other advancements in armament, maneuverability and radar assisted with the continual advancement of military aircraft.

Conclusion

No doubt WWII played a critical role in the industrialization of many of the nations around the world on which every military greatly relied.   As a result, incredible advancements in technology – necessitated by the advancements of the enemy – were witnessed throughout World War II.

Top 10 Fighter Planes of WWII

When considering the top 10 Fighter planes of WWII, a number of criteria should be considered.

  • What was the plane’s top speed?
  • How does the aircraft maneuver at low and high altitudes?
  • How durable is the plane?
  • What is the visibility out the cockpit windows?
  • How safe is the aircraft?
  • What armament does it carry?
  • What is the range of the aircraft?
  • What is its overall flying performance?

Listed below is a list that should be entertained when considering the top 10 World War II fighter aircraft.  They are listed in alphabetical order.

1)       Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair

This big and powerful fighter was feared by the Japanese more than any other aircraft.  The F4Us top speed was 415 mph.  Armament included 6 – .50 cal guns, 2 – 1,000 lb. bombs and 8 – 5 inch rockets.  The F4U-4 Corsair of WWII had a range of just over 1,500 miles.

2)       Focke-Wulf FW 190 D-9

Some state the FW 190 D-9 was superior even to the British spitfire.  This aircraft dominated WWII skies until the P51 D was introduced.  This aircraft was light and easy to control, which made it an ideal pilot’s plane.  Not only did the armor of this aircraft offer excellent protection, the plane was also heavily armed.  The FW 190 D-9 could reach a top speed of close to 600 mph, though is optimal airspeed was 441 mph.  The range was only 395 miles.

3)      Grumman F8F Bearcat

Though it wasn’t introduced until late in WWII and it was not the best dogfighter, this aircraft was still considered small, quick and deadly.  It could reach a top speed of over 440 mph.  The armament of the Grumman F8F Bearcat consisted of  4 Browning 0.50 inch  (12.7mm).  It could also carry 2 – 1,000 lb. bombs.  Total range for the F8F Bearcat was between 865 and 1,435 miles.

4)      Lockheed P-38J Lightning

This large aircraft was considered to be a great dogfighter and was greatly feared by the Germans.  The P-38J had a top speed of 414 mph.  Armament for this plane included 1 – 20 mm cannon and 4 – 50cal guns.

5)      Messerschmitt Bf 109K

The Bf 109K was an easy aircraft to fly, could reach a top speed of just over 375 mph and had a range of 450 miles.  It was a multi-role fighter armed with 2 – 13mm MG 131, one hub firing MG 151/20mm Cannon and two underwing MG 151 20mm cannons.

6)      Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Not only was this WWII aircraft fast (top speed of 358 mph), it had a total range of 1,194 miles.  Armament for the Mitsubishi A6M Zero included 2 forward firing  7.7mm Type 97 machines guns and 2 – 20mm wing-mounted Type 99 cannons.  The aircraft was a versatile fighter that was easily maneuvered.

7)      North American P-51D Mustang

The P-51D Mustang is considered by many to be the #1 fighter aircraft of WWII.  With internal tanks, the plane had a range of 950 miles.  The range increased to 2,200 miles with external tanks.  This aircraft was both fast and maneuverable.  The visibility was considered excellent.  The P-51D Mustang could reach a top speed of 437 mph.  Armament included 6 – .50cal machine guns.

8)      Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Pilots favored this solid built aircraft in part, due to the protection it provided and its ability to take punishment and still fly.  The P-47D Thunderbolt carried the highest kill to death ratio of any other WWII aircraft.  Total range for the P-47D was 1,900 miles with tanks and it had a top speed of just over 400 mph.  Armament included 8 .50cal  (12.7mm guns), 2,500 lbs of external mounted bombs, rockets and other ordnance.

9)      Soviet Yakovlev Yak-3

The Soviet Yakovlev Yak-3 was considered the best dogfighter on the Eastern front.  It had a tight turn ratio and was an easily maneuvered aircraft.  The Yak-3 could reach a top speed of over 600 mph and a range of 558 miles.  Armament for the Yakovlev Yak-3 included 2 – 7.62mm machine guns, 2 – 30mm cannons and just over 1300 lbs. of bombs or rockets.

10)  Supermarine MKs 24 Spitfire

The WWII British Spitfire was one of the ultimate fighters of the war, had tremendous fire power and could climb to a high rate of altitude at a very fast rate.  This Spitfire could reach 454 mph and had a range of up to 850 miles.  Armament on the aircraft included 4 – 20mm cannons and four .303 cal machine guns and an external bomb load of 1,000 lbs.

A complete list of top aircraft from WWII would be quite extensive.  However, in considering a top 10 list of WWII fighter planes, the above list should at least be entertained.

Top Ten Worst Aircraft of WWII

For the most part, the aircraft at the top of the WW II era are easily accessible and known by anyone who has studied, or even lived, the era.  However, it can be a little more difficult when trying to create a list about the worst aircraft of World War II.  The number of lists for the worst aircraft could feasibly be as long as there are number of people with opinions, unless the list is compiled using specific facts, such as overall performance, number manufactured, kill ratio, etc.  Below is a list in alphabetical order of some of the aircraft which could comprise a single top ten list, or at the very least, be a part of that list.  They are presented here in alphabetical order.

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  •  Boulton-Paul Defiant MK.I – Great Britain
    •  No forward guns
    • Slow in maneuvers
    • Two squadrons annihilated in a single day
    • Briefly utilized on night missions
    • Eventually used only as part of rescue missions, gunnery training and target towing

 

WWII Brewster Buffalo

  • Brewster Buffalo – United States
    • Produced only from 1938 – 1941
    • Poor performance possibly due to light weight of the aircraft
    • First monoplane fighter for US Navy
    • First monoplane with arrestor hook
    • Only four nations other than US used this aircraft
    • Of the four, only one (Finland) found it to be effective

Great Britain’s WWII Blackburn Botha

 

 

  • Blackburn Botha – Great Britain
    • Under-powered
    • Unstable airframe
    • Extraordinary number of fatal crashes, developing the reputation as a death trap
    • Eventually withdrawn and used for training missions, coastal patrols and carrying anti-submarine bombs

WWII Blackburn Roc – Great Britain

  • Blackburn Roc – Great Britain
    • Single-engine, monoplane
    • Armament prevented gunner from firing unless aircraft was flown straight and level making it impractical in a dog fight
    • No forward firing guns
    • Difficult for gunner to bail from aircraft
    • Top speed was only 160 mph

 

 

RAFs Fairey Battle

Fairey Battle – Great Britain

  • Despite power of Rolls-Royce engine, the bombing load and three-man crew added too much weight for the light bomber
    • Armament not adequate against more modern aircraft
    • Inadequate speed
    • Despite scoring first official aerial victory of WWII for the RAF, heavy losses were eventually recorded
    • Withdrawn from battle and used in overseas training

 

  • Douglas TBD Devastator – United States

    US WWII Douglas TVD Devastator

    • Despite initial pre-war status as an advanced fighter, by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, aircraft was considered obsolete
    • Alternative World War II aircraft was still in testing phase
    • Speed made it vulnerable to fighters on patrol
    • Entire fleet was almost wiped out in Battle of Midway
  • Lavochkin Gorbunov Doudkov LaGG3 – USSR
    • Wooden airframe – essential parts protected by Bakelite lacquer
    • Proved too heavy for its own frame
    • Slow engine and poor climbing rate
    • Prone to shattering when hit and spinning if turned too quickly
    • WWII Pilots referenced it as “guaranteed varnished coffin”
  • Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet – Germany

    Germany’s WWII Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

    • Only operational rocket-powered fighter aircraft
    • Unsuccessful as a fighter
    • Armament only allowed a minimal amount of firing time
    • Velocity of armament compromised aim
    • High fuel consumption
    • Highly explosive
    • High take-off and landing loss

 

 

Germany’s WWII Messerschmitt Me 210

  • Messerschmitt Me 210 – Germany
    • Poor flight characteristics for a WWII aircraft
    • Design flaws never really resolved
    • Unstable and prone to stalling

 

 

  • Yokosuka MXY -7 Ohka – Japan

    • Defined more accurately as a “manned missile”
    • Designed to be carried underneath “Betty” bomber (Mitsubishi G4M)
    • First operational flight – none reached target, all destroyed 16 bombers destroyed along with ½ the escorts (15) being shot down
    • Minimal success to loss ratio (including the bombers)
    • Impossible to aim at a moving target

An incredible amount of aircraft were produced throughout WWII, each attempting to improve upon its predecessor.  Both the Allies and the Axis were hard at work attempting to modernize their bombers, fighters and escorts in an effort to gain dominance in the skies.  The ten aircraft listed here are just a small example of the many failed aircrafts that attempted, but failed, which is why they are one possible list for top ten worst aircraft of World War II.

Top Ten Tanks of WWII

When reviewing all tanks manufactured during WWII, a top ten definitive list is difficult to compile.  Below, however, is a list of top ten tanks in WWII that should be considered.  These tanks played a critical role for both the Allies and Axis powers during World War II.  The list is presented in alphabetical order.

Step close and sense of the strength of the cold metal on AFHMs authentic, fully restored, fully operational battle tanks, which are prominently displayed throughout the museum.  Get a sense of the combat they endured throughout their service.  Take a moment, put yourself in the turret – feel the power, feel the fear, feel the pride. 

Iosif Stalin Tank

Also known as the IS tank, this WWII heavy tank was named after Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union.  Designed with thick armor in order to successfully counter the 88 mm guns on the German tanks, the main gun carried by the Iosif Stalin tank was successful in defeating both the WWII German Tiger and Panther Tank.  The IS Tank was the driving force of the Red Army in the final stages of the war.

M4 Sherman –

This World War II medium tank was used primarily by the U.S. with thousands more being used by the Allies.  The main gun mounted on the M4 Sherman – a 75 mm M3 L/40 – allowed the crew to fire with a fair amount of accuracy even if the tank was moving.  The advantages of this tank lead to its high demand.  As a result, more than 50,000 M4 Sherman tanks were produced during WWII.

Panther – The Panther was a medium German tank that went into service the middle of 1943.  The tank remained in service until the end of WWII in 1945.  Initially, the Panther was intended to be used as a counter to the T-34.  The Germans planned to use the Panther in place of the Panzer III and Panzer IV.  Instead, the Panther worked alongside these tanks.  The Panther was known for its firepower and also for its mobility.  Because of the protection offered by this WWII tank, its design was used as a standard by other nations later in the war as well as post-war.  The Panther, many believe, was one of the top tank designs of WWII.

Panzerkampfwagen IV – This particular tank was often referred to as the Panzer IV.  It was a medium tank Nazi Germany developed during the late 1930s.  The Panzer IV was widely used throughout the war.  The Panzer IV tank was initially designed to be an infantry-support tank.  Eventually the Panzer IV assumed the role of the Panzer III and began engaging in battle.  The Panzer IV was the most widely produced German tank during WWII.

Sherman Firefly – This WWII British tank was a variant of the US Sherman tank.  The British armed the tank with their powerful anti-tank gun – the British 17 pounder.  The Firefly was originally to be used in the interim until newer designed British tanks were ready for service.

After a few of its original flaws were corrected, the tank went into production and its value was soon recognized as it was the only British tank with the capacity to defeat both the Panther and the Tiger tanks when engaged within standard combat ranges.  As a result, the German’s instructed their tanks and their anti-tank gun crews to attack the Sherman Fireflies first.

T-34 – This medium Soviet tank was in production from 1940 thru 1958.  Though later tanks produced during this time period proved to have better armor and armament, the T-34 is often recognized as the most effective, highly influential and efficient tank design of WWII.  After World War II, the T-34 was widely exported.  This tank ended out being the highest produced tank of WWII and ranks as second highest produced tank of all times.  As recent as 1996, variants of this WWII tank were still in operational service throughout as many as 27 countries.

T-44 – This WWII tank did not go into production late in the war.  This medium Soviet Union tank was the successor to the T-34, and while a smaller number (about 2,000) were built, their design was used as a basis for an upcoming series of main battle tanks (T-54/55) which turned out to be the most-produced tank series in history.

Tiger I – The Germans commonly used Tiger I to refer to any one of a number of their heavy tanks used during WWII.  First developed in 1942, the final designation by the German’s for this tank was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E – often referred to as just “Tiger”.  The Tiger I was mounted with an 88 mm gun, which was previously shown effective against both air targets and ground targets.  The Tiger I participated in conflicts on all German battlefronts.

Tiger IITiger II – A heavy German tank of WWII, the Tiger II tank made its mark on World War II history with its heavy armor and powerful gun.  The tank proved to be superior to every other Allied or Soviet tank when engaged in head-to-head battle.  However, the underpowered engine of the Tiger II, combined with its enormous use of fuel, greatly limited the Tiger II.

World War II saw massive industrialization on all military aircraft and vehicles.  Variations within each design were produced using upgrades and modification changes due to the performance (or lack) of the variant’s predecessor.  Both the Allies and the Axis were forced to continually improve upon their own designs in order to maintain dominance in their efforts to win the war.  As a result, a countless number of military aircraft and vehicles, the tank being no exception, were produced.

Within the tank category, any one of a number of combinations could be put together – based on class, armament, production, etc – and rightfully claim their spot as the top ten tanks of WWII.

The White Table – A Remembrance to Our POW/MIAs

The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL has a White Table of Remembrance set up and on display in the museum in recognition of our POW/MIA’s. 

The White Table’s History

Though no one is able to trace the history of the White POW/MIA Table back to its very beginning, it is believed to have originated by the River Rats during the Vietnam War.  Once the war was over, it is believed the tradition continued state-side as a commemorative to the fallen comrades as well as the men who were still missing in action.   It wasn’t long before the tradition became a part of each military branch.  Over the years, the “table” has evolved and there are some slight differentiations that exist between the tables set by each branch of the military.  The general principle, and most of the setting, is similar.

  1. The tablecloth chosen for the table is always white.  White symbolizes the pure intention with which the comrades honored have served.
  2. The table is small with a setting for just one person, reflecting the vulnerability of one prisoner against his enemy.
  3. A single rose in a vase sits on the table symbolizing the blood that has been shed.  The rose also represents the families and loved ones that have been left behind and the faith they uphold that their loved one will one day return.
  4. A slice of lemon is placed on a bread plate as a reminder of their bitter fate.  And the salt on this plate symbolizes the tears that have been shed by their families as they quietly wait.
  5. A glass on the table is inverted which denotes their inability to be with us and toast with us this night.
  6. A candle on the table represents the light in our hearts that accompanies the hope that they will one day find their way home.
  7. A chair is placed at the table and remains empty, for they are not here with us.

Let Us All Take a Moment to Remember

Most of us have not been deeply touched by the loss or the unknown whereabouts of a loved one who served in the military.  We go about our daily rituals with little thought of those who died in combat, those still listed as missing in action or even those who may possibly still be held as prisoners of war.  Our day should not be dismally overshadowed by such atrocities, however, we should never forget the sacrifices made by our military men and women and especially those (and their families) who gave the ultimate sacrifice – their life.

Make a promise to periodically remember those who have given so much in order for us to continue to enjoy the lifestyle’s we often take for granted.  Make it a point to review and remember through the symbolism of The White Table.

Take a Once in a Lifetime Ride on an Authentic WWII M8 Reconnaissance Vehicle

 It’s not just a ride, it’s an adventure!!

Get upclose and personal when you experience a ride on AFHMs WWII M8 Reconnaissance Vehicle.  This ride is unique, fun and exciting for children and adults of all ages

Check out videos from a few of our recent rides:  WWII M8 Rides

For additional information on pricing and time/date availability, please call the museum at (727)539-8371.  Rides are available during most museum hours, (with the exception of Sundays)  and reservations are encouraged in order to accommodate your visit.

What’s more fun than a day at the Armed Forces History Museum?  The answer is easy – a day at the Armed Forces History Museum AND a ride on a fully restored, World War II M8 Greyhound.  Viewing the museum is an experience in and of itself, but add a ride on this M8 armored car, and you have taken your visit to a whole new level.

While often mistaken for a tank, due to its large size turret with a 37 mm cannon, the M-8 is actually considered a 6 x 6 armored reconnaissance vehicle.  The museum’s M8 Greyhound is complete with a Browning .30 cal machine gun (de-milled of course) and other accessories used in WWII.  Your ride is sure to become the main topic of conversation as you convey this incredible experience as part of your museum visit.  A ride on this vehicle leaves a lasting impression for years to come.  Where else can a civilian go and ride on a military vehicle?

Don’t Miss Out

This is a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and is only available here at the museum.  Take the ride of your life as the M-8 takes you “off road” behind our museum.  Planning ahead will be well worth it.

What is Red Friday – Support Our Troops?

The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL is proud to support this Red Friday – Support Our Troops movement.

BREAK THE SILENCE
Red Friday is a movement that has been underway to show support for our troops who are overseas.  While these troops are often in the spotlight, those who actually support the troops are often referred to as a silent majority – let’s break this silence.  The wars of present day do not seem to carry the same “across the board” open support that once existed.  All one has to do is look back at World War II when patriotism and support for the troops was a part of everyday life and center of conversation in every home.  Young men lined up to sign up for military service, often lying about their age in order to serve.

SEA OF RED
While times have changed, the support for our troops should never waiver.   Attend a local college football game, and the stadium will be filled with the team colors.  The same should hold true on any given Friday in the United States.  Participation requires nothing more than saving a red shirt, sweater, jacket, etc. to be worn on Friday.  However, red is a common color for clothing, so in order to make this a truly notable statement, an overwhelming majority would need to participate.  Our country should look like a “Sea of Red” every Friday.

Granted, this is not the only way that one can show support for the troops.  Along with yellow ribbons in the form of a car magnet to denote the safe return of our troops overseas, many programs are in place which allows people to donate books, supplies, send greeting cards and even write letters.  All of these are excellent means to show our troops their actions touch us on a very deep and personal level.

If you don’t think your one red item on Friday will make a difference, ask a soldier who has served, or is home on leave, what he feels would be the best gift any one person-  (or ) the people of the United States – could give him?  Certainly, support and prayers would be a common response.

SPREAD THE WORD
The Red Friday movement began back in 2006 and, while the impact still isn’t as huge as it should be, almost six years later, the movement hasn’t died either.  Here at The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL, we encourage the Red Friday – Support Our Troops to our staff and our visitors.  Help spread the word so this Red Friday movement can show dignified solidarity to the troops who put their lives on the line for us every single day.  Purchase a Red Friday t-shirt on-line or at The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL in the museum store.

May 17th – Red, White and Craft Brews Fest

Brews FestPLEASE NOTE THE MUSEUM WILL CLOSE EARLY (2:00 PM) ON THIS DAY IN PREPARATION FOR THIS EVENT!

Back by Popular Demand – Join the Armed Forces History Museum for their 3rd Annual Red, White and Craft Brews Fest being held at the museum on Saturday, May 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM.  More than 70 craft brews will be on hand for this event.  Cost for the event is only $25/person.

“Red, White and Craft Brewfest was excellent!  Better than Brews by the Bay”…Nicole & Ken T

Enjoyed by all last year, the evening is an adventure into the culinary world of microbrews, crafts and more.   Visitors sample an array of beers, experiencing the balance and characteristics of each.  Learn first-hand from the craftsman about their particular style and technique.  Free refreshments for everyone compliments of Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group and a souvenir cup will be given to the first 300 in attendance.  Come tour our critically-acclaimed, award-winning museum and sample craft brews from around the world.  The $25 admission also includes touring the museum.
Great event, great venue.  I look forward to this ‘Red, White and Brew’ becoming an annual or semi-annual event”…Joseph Z.

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AFHM would like to remind everyone to please drink responsibly.  No-one under 21 years old will be permitted at this event. There are no exceptions.  Must have ID.

 

Red, White and Craft Brews Fest is presented in part by JJ Taylor Distributors, Cigar City Brewing, tbt* and Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group.