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May 4, 2020

Hello! Owen here with the American Heritage Museum. Welcome back to my blog series called Name Tag Defilade. I hope this finds you well in the midst of current events. Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite subjects, which are Soviet self-propelled guns. Specifically the SU- and ISU-152. Shortly after the Battle […]

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April 17, 2020

The conceptual roots of the tank go back to ancient times, with large mobile siege shelters that were able to provide protection for troops moving up against large stone walls or fortifications. One of the earliest concepts of a tank comes from Leonardo da Vinci. He came up with a sketch design for an “armored […]

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April 7, 2020

The SU-100 (Samokhodnaya Ustanovka 100) was a tracked Soviet tank destroyer armed with a massive 100 mm anti-tank gun. The tank originated through the simple need from the Soviet Army for an effective weapon to combat the latest generation of German tanks now being fielded across the Eastern Front during WWII. Soviet engineers responded by […]

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April 6, 2020

The 1900s took off with a fanatic craze of flying machines. In 1909, Glenn Curtiss introduced his Curtiss Pusher to this growing industry. The elaborately constructed Curtiss Pusher plane captured the imagination of people worldwide. Called a “pusher” because the engine and propeller are placed behind the pilot and, therefore, “push” the aircraft. The Curtiss […]

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March 30, 2020

Help Support the American Heritage Museum with your Advance Sale Admission, Membership, and Gift Shop Purchases… And Get the Chance to Experience a Once-In-a-Lifetime WWII History Experience! First of all, it is our profound hope that everyone in your family is safe, healthy, and following the CDC rules that seek to get us through this […]

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March 25, 2020

The Kommandogerät (command control computer) 40, known as a Director, was a German optical range finder used principally for large anti-aircraft guns, such as the 8.8cm Flak 36 or the 10.5cm Flak 40. By calculating the length of the tube and the angle at which the lenses were positioned, the crew could pinpoint aircraft target […]

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March 16, 2020

Dear American Heritage Museum Guests and Members, As the spread of COVID-19 disease continues to impact our world, country and state, we have been exploring and evaluating all options regarding our operations. We have made the decision to temporarily close the American Heritage Museum and will continue to follow the Massachusetts emergency orders and guidance. […]

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February 24, 2020

Recent visitors to the American Heritage Museum were greeted with a startling sight as they crossed from the World War Two half of the museum to face the Korean War section. Plain as day is a M4A3 Sherman painted bright yellow with angry eyes painted beside the gun and, on the front plate, a mouth […]

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February 17, 2020

Hello and welcome back to Nametag Defilade! My apologies on the delay between the last entry and this one, Nametag Defilade is something I do on the side here when work is slow and I’ve been super busy in the office lately! Last we left off, the Battle of the Bulge had begun, and forces […]

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February 11, 2020

Ah, February. A month that has always been synonymous with amorous pursuits. In a few days the boxes of chocolate will be flowing and the flowers will be presented to our loved ones. But the 19th of this month also commemorates the beginning of one of the bloodiest battles of WWII, the Battle of Iwo […]

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January 27, 2020

Hello and welcome back to Nametag Defilade! My name is Owen and this is post number three covering the Battle of the Bulge. So far, we’ve covered the planning phase of the coming offensive in the Ardennes, beginning with the attempt on Hitler’s life in the July 20th Plot and the sudden influx of fresh […]

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January 13, 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to my first “Nametag Defilade” blog post! My name is Owen and I work at the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum as a historian. I’ve been studying military history, specifically mechanized and naval technology and warfare from the 19th century onward, for roughly 15 years, but my interest dates […]

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January 10, 2020

The American Heritage Museum is proud to announce the debut of a captivating video interview with two F-16 pilots as they attempted to intercept the hijacked flight 93 aircraft on September 11th, 2001.  From the remarkable vantage point of these two fighter pilots, Lt. Col. Marc Sasseville and Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney, visitors will access […]

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October 14, 2019

Dear supporters, Please join the Collings Foundation in our thoughts and prayers with those who were on the tragic flight of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” on Wednesday, October 2nd. We will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley International Airport and the assistance of all local agencies in […]

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