Shown below is a group of four photographs,
probably taken at the end of WW-2, of what
was probably an Army traveling display:
A U. S. version of
a buzz bomb or rocket bomb
What is probably one of Adolph
Hitler's personal automobiles
A large army
searchlight and a
light duty U.S.
The display was
in front of the Bentley Hotel and on the City Hall square.
The military was a huge impact on Central Louisiana during
the war years, causing
the population of Alexandria and the surrounding area to grow
from about 30,000 to over 200,000 almost overnight with four
Army training areas in a 30 mile radius.