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Displayed in the Gulf War Gallery, the 2S1 Gvozdika is a Soviet-design self-propelled 122 mm howitzer AFV that has seen widespread use from 1972 through today. The 2S1 is amphibious & the hull shape is easy to see from this angle. See it and many more tanks and military vehicles at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA - Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm - ahmus.org ... See MoreSee Less

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A highlight of the Pacific War Gallery, this Imperial Japanese Army Type 4 "Ho-Ro" 15cm self-propelled gun is the sole survivor of only 12 built. Captured on Luzon in 1945, this unrestored example is on long-term loan from the United States Marine Corps. Visit us Wednesday - Sunday from 10am-5pm daily. Learn more about visiting the American Heritage Museum at ahmus.org ... See MoreSee Less

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October 3, 1990The Berlin Wall has fallen and Germany is officially reunited!Construction of the Berlin Wall began in August 1961 and by the 1980s, this system of walls and electrified fences - and 55,000 landmines - extended 28 miles through Berlin and 75 miles around West Berlin, separating it from the rest of East Germany. Little is left of the Wall at its original site which was destroyed almost in its entirety.Not all segments of the Wall were ground up as it was being torn down. Many segments can be found at various institutions around the world - including the American Heritage Museum.Come see our very own piece of the "Mauer" this weekend at the Battle for the Airfield. Your admission fee entitles you to see all the Museum's collections. ... See MoreSee Less

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Developed from the Soviet T-34, the SU-100 tank destroyer added a 100mm D-10S gun to penetrate most German armor until the Tiger II during World War II. It remained in Soviet production until 1947 and in Czech production until the 1960's. See it at the American Heritage Museum in the "Battle for Berlin" Gallery as part of the WWII section. Museum open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun. Learn more at www.americanheritagemuseum.org ... See MoreSee Less

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The White M3 Scout Car is an American-built, open top, lightly armored reconnaissance vehicle used throughout WWII. The example in the American Heritage Museum's "Italian Campaign" Gallery is the first military vehicle ever restored by collector Jacques Littlefield. The museum is open 10am-5pm Wed-Sun each week. Visit information at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hours-admission/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Crossing the Rhine


M22 Locust
– USA | AIRBORNE TANK

M18 Hellcat – USA | TANK DESTROYER

A34 Comet – UK | CRUISER TANK

Two invasions of France in mid-1944, Operation Overlord in Normandy and Operation Dragoon in southern France, succeeded in moving multiple American and Allied armies to the border of Germany. Attack momentum was delayed in late 1944 by serious logistical issues and by the setback in the Netherlands and fierce German resistance in the Huertgen and Ardennes Forests. But by January 1945, the Western Allies had overwhelmingly superior ground and air forces looming all along the western borders of Germany. The problem was, how to get them over the Rhine, so that they could crush the last German resistance in the ETO and end the war.

By late January 1945, U.S forces, with their British, Canadian, and French allies, had regained the territory lost in December’s Battle of the Bulge and resumed their drive eastward to defeat Hitler’s Third Reich. Only one major obstacle stood in the path of their advance: the Rhine River, whose many bridges had been blown apart by retreating German armies. That forced the Allies to make an amphibious assault into the teeth of German river defenses. This strategic crossing of the Rhine river – also known as Operation Plunder, started on March 23rd, 1945.

When Allied forces reached the Rhine in early March 1945 they found just about every span across the river already destroyed. The one exception of some very important bridges that survived demolition from the Germans such as was a only partly destroyed bridge at Remagen, which was captured in a rush assault. Eisenhower decided that several simultaneous crossings over the 20 mile long battle front would have the greatest chance of success. His plan was to cross the Rhine, then drive into the Ruhr Valley to encircle a large part of the German Army and effectively end German resistance in the west. So began the massive mobilization and movement of engineers, soldiers, equipment and supplies across one of the most important river crossings of WWII.

Four thousand Allied guns fired for four hours during the opening bombardment. British bombers contributed with attacks on Wesel during the day and night of 23 March 1945 – Preparing for this monumental crossing into the heart of Germany.

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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.