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August 15th, 1944 - The Second D-Day: Operation DragoonOperation Dragoon was the code name for the Allied invasion of Southern France on August 15, 1944. The operation was initially planned for June 1944 (with the code name "Anvil") in conjunction with Operation Overlord, the Allied landing in Normandy. The lack of available resources led to the cancellation of this second landing. By July 1944 Dragoon was reconsidered as the ports in Normandy did not have the capacity to adequately supply the Allied forces. Additionally, the French High Command had been pushing for an operation in the south which would include large numbers of French troops. Operation Dragoon's primary goal was to capture the important ports on the French Mediterranean coast. Opening another front in France would also put increased pressure on the German force occupying the country.On August 15, 1944, the US VI Corps under the shield of a large naval task force landed on the beaches of Cote d'Azur followed by several French Army B (soon to be renamed the Free French Army) divisions. A coordinated large-scale uprising by the French Resistance and overwhelming Allied air supremacy contributed to the swift defeat of the German forces in the region. As the Germans retreated, the French forces captured the vital ports of Marseille and Toulon which were soon restored to full operation.Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower who had ordered Operation Dragoon in spite of strenuous opposition from Winston Churchill would later write that "there was no development of that period which added more decisively to our advantages...than did this secondary attack coming up the Rhone Valley." ... See MoreSee Less

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Short video of the guys moving the M18 Hellcat out of the Crossing the Rhine exhibit. Getting ready for this weekend's WWII Tank Demonstration. ... See MoreSee Less

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A little #TankTuesday teaser to lure you out to our Tank Demo Weekend on Sat, Aug 13 & Sun, Aug 14 in Hudson, MA! See four of the five in the video below plus our German Hetzer and OT-810 half track! Schedule and tickets at ahmus.me/tdw822 ...#worldoftanks #wwii #ww2 #worldwar2 #worldwarii #m4sherman #m24chaffee #m26pershing #m18hellcat #tanks #americanheritagemuseum #hudsonma #hudsonmass #visitma ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting several of the tanks ready for this weekend's Tank Demonstration. See these tanks operating with narration highlighting their history and theaters of operation. The Historic Aircraft Hangar and Classic Car Barn will also be open. Hope you can make it! Please tell your friends. More information: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tank-demonstration-weekend-august-2022/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Every year in early October we host an extraordinary WWII re-enactment at the AHM (Oct. 8th & 9th, 2022). There are over 350 Allied and Axis re-enactors who participate in "Battle for the Airfield." One of the most compelling presentations we host during this living history event is our WWII Veteran roundtable discussion. WWII veterans from all branches of service and rank come to talk about what they were doing during the war. We are looking for more WWII veterans to participate. Do you know an able WWII veteran who would like to join us? If so, please email Hunter Chaney at hchaney@collingsfoundation.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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September 2022

World War I Aviation Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - September 2022

World War I Aviation Weekend

September 17 @ 9:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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The American Heritage Museum presents the first annual World War I Aviation Special Event Weekend at our museum and airfield in Hudson / Stow, MA! This weekend will be the official unveiling of our original 1917 Nieuport 28 restoration project and we aim to fly it each day* for our visitors. We are also working with several organizations to bring and display their accurate World War I replica aircraft and original rotary engines as well. We will also be bringing…

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October 2022

Battle for the Airfield WWII Re-Enactment Weekend

October 8 @ 8:30 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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The American Heritage Museum presents the Battle for the Airfield World War II Re-Enactment, one of the premier events of its type in the United States! There will be over 350+ re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military participating in encampments and two battles each day. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and operating in a captivating living history event. Allied and Axis camps will be set up with authentic materials and appearance.…

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MUSEUM CLOSING AT 3:00PM TODAY (Sat. June 4th)

The American Heritage Museum will be closing early at 3:00pm today, Saturday, June 4th, for a private event. The museum will be open normal hours (10am to 5pm) on Sunday, June 5th.