It was very interesting to see the impacts of the Second World War from Austria's perspective. A ballot for the Austrian people to "vote" for or against their annexation to Germany was on display. To say that the vote was rigged was an understatement since it was held after the annexation already happened, and was an open ballot that was monitored by the Nazis. On the ballot, the choice for "yes" was twice as large as the one for "no". However to say the Austrians were totally against the Nazis is also misleading. There is a propaganda poster showing people doing the "Heil" salute with the slogan that translates to "All the people say Yes!". A flowery throw pillow, with the Nazi symbol and the words "Heil Hitler" embroidered on it, shows how Hitler and the Nazis were initially accepted and even supported in by the Austrians and even became part of the popular culture. One interesting display contained a photo of a woman wearing a gas mask, carrying her baby in a portable "gas bag or crib". Both these items were available for closer inspection.
The museum had a very interesting audio guide which gave insightful information about many of the exhibits. I particularly liked the detailed descriptions of two paintings within the Naval section. The subject of one large painting was the Austro-Hungarian Polar Expedition of 1872-74, which resulted in the ship Tegetthoff being grounded in packed ice. The painting depicts the state of the crew after they abandoned ship and hiked through the snow for over 30 days. Another painting called "Battle of the Lissa" described a battle in 1866 where the Austrian fleet defeated the larger Italian fleet by ramming their ships into the enemy ships. This seemed to be the extent of Austrian naval victories.
There was so much to see at the Austrian Military Museum that we ran out of time and had to rush through some sections. A fabulous virtual tour of the exhibits can be found on the museum's website.