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June 22nd, 1941. Operation Barbarossa begins. Hitler's 1939 Nonaggression Pact with the Soviet Union came to abrupt but predictable end on Sunday, June 22, 1941. At dawn on that day, German forces launched Operation Barbarossa along an 1,800-mile front that ran from Leningrad to the Black Sea. The three German army groups included 150 divisions containing three million men, 3,000 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces and 2,500 aircraft. The German forces were further strengthened by more than 30 divisions of Finnish and Romanian troops. It was in effect the largest and most powerful invasion force in history. Like previous campaigns, Barbarossa was planned as a blitzkrieg led by armored units.The invasion took the Soviet leadership completely by surprise and caught the Red Army in an unprepared and partially demobilized state. Stalin had been informed that the Germans would invade but he did not believe the sources. Over the first few days, the German Luftwaffe destroyed more than 1,200 Soviet aircraft, many of them on the ground. By mid-July the Germans had advanced more than 400 miles and were only 200 miles from Moscow. Heavy Autumn rains would turn the Russian roads to deep mud and the sub-zero temperatures that followed in November would further stall and finally end the German advance. ... See MoreSee Less

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~ A new addition to this year's American Elegance performance: 1926 Chrysler Model 72 Roadster. Show starts around 1 PM Saturday and Sunday. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tanks-wings-wheels-2/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Word on the streets says Al Capone will be showing up at AHM in his 1940 V-16 Cadillac on June 19th and 20th - to case the place for his new casino and speak-easy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Visitors to the American Heritage Museum this past weekend had the opportunity to view a display of impressive artifacts from the Allied campaign to liberate Italy (1943-1945). The Allied advance through Italy produced some of the most bitter, costly fighting of the war, much of it in treacherous mountain terrain. Rome was liberated 77 years ago this month but at the time the event was completely overshadowed by the D-Day landings in Normandy.The weekend exhibition was organized and expertly described to several hundred Museum visitors by Abigail Metheny of Concord, MA and Jesse Campana of Brick, NJ. Both are avid students of the history of the Italian Campaign as well as skilled collectors of WWII memorabilia. Abigail and Jesse appeared in US Army uniforms from the period: Abigail as a US Army Nurse and Jesse as an Army private. The AHM extends its appreciation to Abigail and Jesse for their wonderful commitment of their time and expertise. We look forward to welcoming them back to the Museum sometime soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum is running a very unique sweepstakes fundraiser "Behind Enemy Lines - WWII Tank Experience." We hope that you could share this with your friends. Here is the link with all the details: americanheritagemuseum.tapkat.org/behindenemylinesProceeds go to our education outreach programs and operations. ... See MoreSee Less

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October 2018

Battle for the Airfield 2018

October 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am - October 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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The Collings Foundation is hosting a WWII reenactment and WWII Veterans round table discussion October 6th and 7th, 2018. There will be over 300 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military participating in an amazing re-enactment. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in a dynamic educational living history event. Some of the vintage equipment includes tanks, cannons, troop carriers, half tracks, aircraft and support supplies. Allied and Axis camps were set…

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June 2019

$15 – $25

Tanks, Wings & Wheels

June 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - June 16, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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July 2019

$20.00

Presentation: Restoring the Churchill Tank

July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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November 2019

Veterans Day Opening at the American Heritage Museum

November 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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December 2019

Book talk and signing. Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-day

December 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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February 2020

$20

Renowned History & Aviation Artist Rob Brun – Talk and Battle of the Bulge Painting Debut

February 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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August 2020

August Special Event Weekend – Automobile & Aircraft Museums Open

August 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - August 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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*We ask that everyone wear face masks and adhere to social distancing protocols. The American Heritage Museum will host the Tanks, Wings and Wheels weekend on August 15th and 16th. All three amazing museums will be open: The American Heritage Museum, The Historic Aviation Hangar and Classic Automobile Barn. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most rare aircraft, extraordinary American classic automobiles, historic tanks, armored vehicles, military artifacts and much more. There is over 100,000 square…

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October 2020

Military History Through The Ages – *Replaces Battle for the Airfield due to COVID-19 Event Rules*

October 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - October 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States

The Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum is hosting a living history exhibition - Military History Through The Ages. The weekend features multiple re-enactors with displays from the Revolutionary War up through the present day. All three Museums will be open: The Collings Foundation Automobile Collection, The Collings Foundation Hangar, and the American Heritage Museum. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display. Camps will be set up with authentic materials and appearance. Re-enactors act as docents…

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February 2021

IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “The Thorn in the Eagle’s Side: How Six American Presidents Dealt with the Challenges of Charles de Gaulle.”

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “The Coming Storm: Another Great Power War?”

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 2021

Free

IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “Unwearing of the Green: Republican Skeletons in Ulster Protestant Closets”

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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April 2021

$10 – $20

1812 Marine Guard Training At AHM

April 17 @ 10:00 am - April 18 @ 4:00 pm
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May 2021

$15 – $25

Tank Demo Days at AHM

May 15 @ 10:00 am - May 16 @ 5:00 pm
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1812 Marine Guard At AHM

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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June 2021

$20

1778 64th Light Infantry Co. At AHM

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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$15 – $25

Tanks, Wings & Wheels – Featuring American Elegance

June 19 @ 9:00 am - June 20 @ 5:00 pm
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